May 29, 2014

Roasted kohlrabi with barley in parsley Gorgonzola béchamel

Kohlrabi is usually the last produce to go from the fridge before a shopping day. It can stay there probably for up to a week. And then there should be always a couple slices of prosciutto, hopefully Parmesan but that day there was only Gorgonzola. So I just went around the corner to get parsley because it's particularly good this time of the year and accidentally, with all that, we had a fantastic lunch...

Roasted kohlrabi with barely in parsley Gorgonzola béchamel
by Gray Apron
time: about 1 hour

1 cup barley, washed
2 kohlrabi, peeled and cut a la julienne (I used a mandolin slicer)
1 cup (240 ml) milk, almond OK, warmed
2 Tablespoons (30 g) butter
2 Tablespoons (20 g) flour
2 slices Prosciutto, chopped
3.5 oz (100 g) Gorgonzola, diced, quantity divided
1 bunch parsley, chopped (about 1 cup, loosely packed)
1 Tablespoon bread crumbs
olive oil
coarse salt, freshly ground pepper and nutmeg

Cook barley on low heat in two cups water with 1/2 teaspoon salt till all water is absorbed.
Preheat oven to 235C/450F. In a medium ceramic baking dish, toss sliced kohlrabi, Prosciutto, pinch of salt and olive oil (about 1 teaspoon). Place the dish in the hot oven for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare béchamel. On a medium skillet, melt butter on medium heat till it bubbles. Add flour. Cook and mix for about 2 minutes till your see color changing to lightly brown. Pour in warmed milk. Stir for about 2 minutes till it thickens. Take it off the heat, mix in half the Gorgonzola and stir till it melts. Then add all the parsley, 1/4 teaspoon salt and a dash of pepper and nutmeg

Add béchamel to the roasted kohlrabi, add cooked barley. Mix it all up. Flatten the surface with a spoon. Spread bread crumbs and the leftover Gorgonzola pieces on top. Drizzle everything with about 1 teaspoon olive oil. Set it in the hot oven for 15 minutes plus 5 minutes on "broil". Remove from the heat, let it cool for 10 minutes and serve.

  • we have had some hot days lately, but just today when I was picking up Hania from school, I saw a girl wearing fur earmuffs...yes, May and June can be cold at the Baltic; 
  • so yes, the baking continues...
  • kohlrabi: I have never cooked it in any way but surprisingly, lightly roasted, it tasted very pleasant;
  • the dish is light but full of rich flavors; 
  • it's chewy from barley, creamy from the sauce with a subtle crunch from kohlrabi...


  1. Oh, I had no idea it was parsley season. Kohlrabi is one of the veggies I still can't wrap my head around. Maybe this will work

  2. Look at how healthy and fresh this dish is! Totally in love with it!

  3. I love barley! Usually I make soup with it, but this sounds delicious!Would love to try it!

  4. Sounds like a great combination. Barley is so versatile.

  5. Hi Ela, this looks wonderful, I can see this being a family favorite, love the ingredients together in this dish.

  6. All you have to say is Gorgonzola and I am already in love! Great dish!

  7. We've only recently been able to get kohlrabi here and I love it raw!

  8. These are all my favorites. Especially the gorgonzola.. This sounds delicious! Blessings, Catherine xo

  9. The name sounds so fancy haha :) But it looks delicious!! I don't think I've ever seen kohlrabi here, maybe because I don't really pay attention to veggies much, but after seeing this dish, I want to try it!!

  10. Barley and kohlrabi...that's the combination that I have never sounds and looks so delicious and healthy as well, Ela.

  11. I've never bought kohlrabi before because I have no idea what to do with it! This dish looks delicious, especially the gorgonzola :)

  12. It's been a long time since I've made barley. Now I want to make some.

  13. I have never ever eaten Kohlrabi before. Bought once but went to waste as I had no idea what to do! This is such a simple yet interesting looking dish!

  14. Really love this dish and it can pass for a complete meal. Kohlrabi are great and they do last forever. great choice with gorgonzola cheese.

  15. I've never had kohlrabi before - but this dish looks great! With the gorgonzola and the barley - love it!

  16. What a great dish, barley is great for you and my husband loves it!

  17. We've only known of kohlarbi for about a year now. It's a great vegetable and I'm glad to have another recipe to try!

  18. Barley is my favourite grain, but I always make soup with it. Great combo with kohlrabi!

  19. This looks like such a great dish Ela! I've never tried kohlrabi before but it sounds amazing with the gorgonzola and barley - yum!