Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Garlic Scapes

This is the first year garlic scapes are on my radar. We went to the garden and harvested all of our peas and garlic scapes. Apparently farmers take the scapes of garlic so that the plant can focus energy on the bulbs. Coincidently, there was a post on Serious Eats that featured garlic scape recipes. Tonight we're having the garlic scape pesto with pasta and a garden salad.

Garlic Scape Pesto
-Recipe adapted from Serious Eats

Recipe for Garlic Scape Pesto

- makes about 1 cup -

1/4 cup pine nuts
3/4 cup coarsely chopped garlic scapes
Juice and zest of 1/2 lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt
Fresh ground pepper
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


1. Toast the pine nuts. Most folks toast them on a skillet, but I prefer to put them in our metal bread pan and to throw them in the oven while cook other stuff in the oven for dinner. I'm much less likely to burn them. Let cool after you toast them.

2. Put scapes, pine nuts, lemon juice and zest, salt, and pepper in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Pulse about 20 times, until fairly well combined. Pour in the olive oil slowly through the feed tube while the motor is running. When the oil is incorporated, transfer the pesto to a bowl and stir in the grated cheese.