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Friday, June 25, 2021

Garlic Scape Pesto, the brightest garlic-y pesto you will make this season!

It's happening right now! Garlic scapes are coming on strong in CSA boxes and at your local Farmers Market! Beautiful, curly green shoots of delicious garlic flavor. But what do you do with them? Start with this easy, garlic-y Garlic Scape Pesto... 

It is no secret that I am a serious pesto fan. Everyone has their own favorite recipe for standard Pesto, including our family. Currently, to help you get through the summer months and make the most of the crops coming off, you will also find delicious recipes for Radish Top Pesto.  And this Carrot Top Pesto

Both Carrot Top Pesto and Radish Top Pesto along with Garlic Scape Pesto are delicious tossed with hot cooked pasta for a side dish that everyone will love. But pesto can be used in so many additional ways. Even smeared on a grainy cracker is delicious! 


Because you might as well enjoy the rich flavor that pesto will add to your meals, I thought I would share some of our favorite ways to use pesto.
 
1. When making pizza, use pesto in place of the standard red sauce. 

2. Add a tablespoon of pesto to your favorite vinaigrette recipe. 

3. Top your favorite spaghetti recipe, with pesto before tossing. This easy and delicious One Pot Pantry Pasta with Ground Beef is easy enough for a work night dinner! 

4. Roll bread dough up (cinnamon roll style) with pesto before baking.

5. Make grilled burgers, spreading on some pesto before adding a slice of cheese!



Whatever you do, make some Garlic Scape Pesto before the season ends...The recipe as written will toss with one pound of pasta. Should you have leftovers, it is delicious the next day served cold as a pasta salad. And the best part? This Garlic Scape Pesto is perfect to make now and store in the freezer. Nothing will brighten your winter meals more...

Ingredients needed for this recipe:
  • fresh garlic scapes
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • walnuts or pinenuts
  • lemon juice
  • salt
  • pepper
  • olive oil
You may also need the following:
  • cutting board
  • kitchen knife
  • measuring spoons
  • measuring cups
  • food processor
  • silicone spatula
  • storage container or jar with a tight-fitting lid. 
Now we are ready to begin!



Garlic Scape Pesto
adapted from vanilla and bean

10 garlic scapes
1/3 c Parmesan Cheese
1/3 c chopped walnuts or pinenuts
1/8 t salt
few grinds of pepper
1/2 lemon juiced, about 2 T
1/3 to 1/2 c olive oil



Clean the scapes, remove and discard the top bulb area. Cut scapes into one-inch pieces, you will have about 2/3 cup. 


Place the cut scape pieces into the processing bowl of your food processor. Add the Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Add the olive oil starting with 1/3 cup and begin processing. Add the additional oil up to 1/2 cup total if needed. 


During processing, you want a creamy texture, the pesto should come together, yet move easily while being processed. Begin processing. 

Stop the food processor as needed, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Process until creamy, but do stop allowing for a bit of texture, just like with any pesto.  

If not used right away, transfer to a freezer container with a tight-fitting lid, and freeze until needed.  

Storage options for Garlic Scape Pesto. Keep frozen until needed, thaw in the refrigerator.  


UPDATE:  For your convenience, a "copy and paste" version of Garlic Scape Pesto has been included below. 

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Printable "copy and paste" version:
Garlic Scape Pesto
adapted from vanilla and bean

10 garlic scapes
1/3 c Parmesan Cheese
1/3 c chopped walnuts or pinenuts
1/8 t salt
few grinds of pepper
1/2 lemon juiced, about 2 T
1/3 to 1/2 c olive oil

Clean the scapes, remove and discard the top bulb area. Cut scapes into one-inch pieces, you will have about 2/3 cup. 

Place the cut scape pieces into the processing bowl of your food processor. Add the Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Add the olive oil starting with 1/3 cup and begin processing. Add the additional oil up to 1/2 cup total if needed. 

During processing, you want a creamy texture, the pesto should come together, yet move easily while being processed. Begin processing. 

Stop the food processor as needed, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Process until creamy, but do stop allowing for a bit of texture, just like with any pesto.  

If not used right away, transfer to a freezer container with a tight-fitting lid, and freeze until needed.  

Storage options for Garlic Scape Pesto. Keep frozen until needed, thaw in the refrigerator.  

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  1. oh I had some beautiful scapes growing until we had the heat wave. They all burned. Pinning this for when I can find some!! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party! Have a great week and Happy 4th of July!

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    1. This was my first time working with Scapes, and I love them! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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  2. I have never heard of scapes before. I don't think we can get them here.

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    1. They are the green "sprout" that grows above the ground, when trimmed off, the energy is sent to the bulb, trimming promotes large heads of garlic. They are tasty, should you get a chance to find them or ask a garlic grower to harvest some for you.

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  3. GARLIC SCAPES!!!! Love, love, love and love -- I await their return to our farmers' markets eagerly. And pesto is the best.

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    1. They have been in our CSA box two weeks running, this last batch I made Fresh Oregano and Garlic Scape Pesto, yikes, so good.

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