Kohlrabi Is The Perfect Topping To A Deliciously Creamy Vegan Sauce

Nowadays, there are as many vegan sauces as there are different ingredients and recipes to make them. Still, the most important thing is what a sauce will be used for. A fondue cheese will have a much bolder bite than comfort-based mac and cheese sauce. If you're using a saucer with a vegetable or main course, you want a sauce to complement, not overshadow it. 

Instagrammer @Natsnourishments shares vegetable recipes in her series Forgotten Veg. In one video, she shows how kohlrabi can be served with a cashew-based cheese sauce — and the combination is delicious. First, peel three kohlrabi bulbs. After tossing them with olive oil, salt, and pepper, roast them until crispy. Be careful not to burn them. Slice the kohlrabi into 2-centimeter pieces and mix with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast in the oven for 25 minutes. For the cheese sauce, cover 200 grams of cashews with hot water, two tablespoons of nutritional yeast, and the juice of half a lemon. Blend the mixture until smooth, and season with salt. Place the sauce evenly on a plate and top with the kohlrabi slices, roasted, crispy skins, three tablespoons of breadcrumbs, one teaspoon of chopped chives, and 1 to 2 teaspoons of crispy chili oil.

"Just made it [and] wow, it was so good," commented one fan. "I'm from Germany so Kohlrabi isn't a forgotten veg here but very common. Yet this is a twist to it I have not yet seen. Easy to make and delicious."

Kohlrabi is also delicious raw

Because it belongs to the same cruciferous family, kohlrabi can replace vegetables such as cabbage, radishes, and turnips in recipes. Kohlrabi originated in Northeastern Europe and is a staple in Poland and Germany. It is often called a German turnip and is high in potassium, Vitamin C, and fiber. For many who live in Eastern Europe, peeling it and eating it like an apple is much more common. "We are eating raw kohlrabi – for eg. soups, salads, or as addicting to sandwiches," commented one Instagrammer. @Natsnourishments' recipe to cook it instead seems like an adventure to many.

Cooked kohlrabi may be the less common way to eat it, but that doesn't mean it's unheard of. Blissful and Fit Chef also has a recipe that features kohlrabi and vegan cheese sauce. However, the kohlrabi is made into fries, and the cheese sauce is used as a dip. Inspiralized even has a recipe for a vegan Alfredo sauce and kohlrabi noodles. This nutritious veggie may be the best addition to vegan cheese sauce you never knew you needed.