Kohlrabi Ham Bake


Easy and delicious casserole with baked kohlrabi, ham, eggs, and cream.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

If I could, I would reach out to each and every one of you, take you by the hand to the market, buy a bunch of kohlrabi and some ham, go back to your kitchen with you and make this dish for you. Just so you would try it. It’s that good.


The recipe was in a book that Garrett gave my father on Russian, German & Polish Food & Cooking. Dad has a preternatural affection for all things turnip and cabbage.

Kohlrabi means cabbage turnip in German, so of course dad couldn’t wait to try the recipe. We all loved it so much we made him make it again a few days later and made sure my brother showed up for dinner.

Kohlrabi Ham Bake

Kohlrabi Ham Bake Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4


  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 4 kohlrabi, peeled and diced
  • 8 ounces thick ham, diced
  • 2 Tbsp fresh chopped parsley
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of mace (can substitute ground nutmeg)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


1 Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large skillet, melt the butter on medium heat. Add the diced kohlrabi and gently cook for 8 to 10 minutes.

2 Beat the egg yolk, and whisk in the heavy cream, flour, mace, salt and pepper until well combined.

3 Place half of the cooked kohlrabi on the bottom of an oven-proof casserole dish. Layer on the diced ham and parsley. Top with the remaining kohlrabi. Pour the sauce ingredients over the kohlrabi and ham.

4 Bake for 30-35 minutes or until lightly browned on top. Serve immediately.

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Adapted from a recipe in Russian, German & Polish Food & Cooking by Leslie Chamberlain.

Showing 4 of 22 Comments / Reviews

  • Sandy Plaia

    I planted red and green cabbage,. What came up didn’t head instead had like a bulb above ground and leaves coming out of them. I think I have kohlrabi. Now I will try your recipe with the ham, but I am allergic to eggs.

  • Sharon Cooke

    First time I saw this was in the vegetable section at Lowe’s so I took it home and grew it been growing it for the past 7 years I love it and so many of my friends want me to cook it up for them in the kohlrabi ham bake

  • [email protected]

    I am lactose intolerant, can I substitute the cream with anything else?

  • Mary

    We don’t eat pork, could smoked turkey be substituted with same effect ?

    Smoked tofu would work too. ~Elise

  • sudesna

    This kohlrabi looks familiar although it looks somewhat different in India. In Indian cooking its usually made as a side dish to go with rice. If its the same veggie it should taste somewhat sour and little bit bitter! I did not know its grown here too- will have to search for it. Since we do not eat ham do you think I could substitute chicken?

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