Kohlrabo, Kohlrabmas, Kohlrabat, Kohlrabamus, Kohlrabatis, Kohlrabant. Or for those of you who were’t fortunate enough to go to Sir Joseph Williamson Mathematical Grammar School for Boys* and can’t speak Latin**, I Kohlrabi, You (singular) Kohlrabi, He, She or It Kohlrabi, We Kohlrabi, You (plural) Kohlrabi, They Kohlrabi.

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 1-1½ hours
Serves: 4-6 as a side dish
Skill level: easy


  • 1 large kohlrabi – peeled and very finely sliced
  • 2 large potatoes – peeled and very finely sliced
  • mature cheddar – grated – 2 or 3 handfuls
  • double cream – 180ml
  • milk – 180ml
  • 2 fat cloves of garlic – finely chopped
  • freshly grated nutmeg
  • s & p
  • butter – a bit

Pre-heat your oven to 190C/gas mark 5.

Peel the kohlrabi, cut in half and slice as thinly as you possibly can. Do the same with the potatoes.

Butter a suitably-sized ceramic baking dish and layer alternately with kohlrabi, potato, seasoning and cheese. Continue with your layering, topping off with some cheese.

Mix together the cream, milk and garlic and pour over your layered dish.

Grate over some nutmeg and place in the oven for 1-1½ hours (dependent on how thinly you sliced) until the vegetables are tender and the top bubbling and golden – cover with foil if it starts to get too dark.


Verdict: We served this alongside rabbit stew and winter greens to a pair of very appreciative guests.

Drink: Veltins and Sloe gin

Entertainment: A night out at ‘The Hole in the Wall’ – despite being closed it still remains the best pub in (central) Hebden Bridge.

*Hated every moment of it.

** There were those at my school (Oxford High School) who most certainly could, we called them ‘latin scholars’ as they chatted in the lunch queue in Latin. I quite enjoyed school.

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