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 JR 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!
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!
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.
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....