Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Garlic Scape Pesto

and here are those weird scapes again.......those freakish curly things that I had never seen until I went to my first farmer's market 4 years ago.

Well now we have them in our own garden.

Here is a list of good things to make with scapes, which are just the shoots of hard neck garlic.

I like to use them as garnish, because they are a conversation piece, and people always ask what they are.

They are pretty strong in flavor and have a nice bite, like a good piece of raw garlic, so beware.

I swiped this lovely pesto on my homemade olive bread toasts and served with some fresh local made mozzarella and roasted beets picked yesterday from my garden for a nice lunch.

Yummy stuff.

Garlic Scape Pesto:

big handful of scapes (garlic shoots), about 7
handful of almonds
1/4 cup of Pecorino Romano cheese
pinch of sea salt
zest of a lemon
1/4 cup of olive oil

Slice the garlic scapes into pieces and throw into a food processor or chopper w/ the rest of the ingredients. Pulse until it becomes a nice paste (pesto).

Spread on toasts or throw in a little more olive oil and serve with pasta.


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The Japanese Redneck said...

I had one giant scape on my garlic. I should have used it in something. It's a giant flower ball now.

Joanne said...

Garlic scape pesto is one of my favorites! I always try to freeze some before they disappear!

lea said...

Bet it is delish. Love the olive bread idea with the scapes

Debbie W said...

They are great in stir fries. I'll try your pesto.

Lori Lynn said...

Love the bright color!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Look at you livin off the land!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Alas, I have no garlic scapes. Next year will have to plant some.The pesto is a great way to use these.

Bites from life with the barking lot said...

Hanging out on the computer...and found this. God, wish I had found it a month ago. Cant' wait for next year. have a great weekend.....big storm has torn up the garden. Boo....