Scape Pesto

Garlic Scapes are something we discovered when learning about growing garlic. The scape is the bud of flower and basically holds the seeds or starts of future garlic plants. As growers, we harvest them to encourage the plants energy into larger bulbs opposed to the production of fresh garlic plants. Still that doesn’t mean they don’t have other uses. They tend to be less fiery than matured garlic and can be used in making pesto or added to stir fry, for a unique flavor option.

Here’s a link to the original posting, along with some other ideas: https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2010/06/the-crisper-whisperer-what-to-do-with-garlic-scapes-recipe.html

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped garlic scapes*
  • Juice and zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • A few generous grinds of black pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • *Or use half scapes and half herbs such as basil, dill and chervil

Directions

  1. 1.In a small, dry pan set over very low heat, lightly toast the pine nuts, stirring or tossing occasionally until just beginning to brown, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool for a few minutes.
  2. 2.Combine the 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. If you plan to freeze the pesto, wait to add the cheese until after you’ve defrosted it.

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