Garlic Scapes – With the warm days of summer upon us, garlic scapes are making their first appearance! Garlic scapes are the beautiful green curly tendrils that sprout from the stem of garlic. The scape is the immature flower stalk and harvesting it forces the garlic plant to devote its energy to producing a larger bulb. The scapes have a mild garlic flavor and are delicious chopped like scallions and put in omelets, stir-fries, rice, pasta or basically anywhere you would use garlic cloves. They also are great tossed whole with a little salt and oil and thrown on the grill. Try this Garlic Scape Pesto recipe with your next bunch of garlic scapes.
Garlic Scape Pesto
• 6-7 garlic scapes, roughly chopped
• 1/3- 1/2 c. olive oil
• 1/3-1/2 c. grated parmesan or asiago cheese
•1/3-1/2 cup pine nuts or walnuts or experiment with another type of nut
salt and pepper to taste
Using a food processor, combine scapes and nuts and chop to a coarse paste. Add cheese and olive oil and blend until relatively smooth (it doesn’t get as smooth as basil pesto). Serve on pasta, or just as a spread on crusty bread, a pizza topping, a dip for other vegetables. Makes a little more than a cup of pesto.