Saturday, July 2, 2011
Garlic Scapes - First Harvest from my Vegetable Garden
An odd delicacy that I discovered at the Farmer's Market a couple of years ago. I was never really sure what to do with them but I love garlic and the look of them is so intriguing. Last fall, I planted some garlic bulbs that I got from my friend, Nancy. They are up and covered in scapes so I got on the internet last night to look for a pesto recipe. My sister, Connie bought some at the market this week and BBQ'd them with potatoes and butter for dinner last night. They were excellent.
In a food processor, grind up 1/3 cup almonds, 1 cup of scapes, and 1/4 cup olive oil. Cut the bud off the stem and remove the toughest part of the bottom of the stem. Then cut into 1 inch pieces.
Add 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese and grind it to a paste. Add a 1/4 tsp sea salt and while, the processor is running, drizzle a 1/4 cup of olive oil through the feed tube. It will make a thick paste that I am freezing in cubes (please don't use your regular ice cube tray or you will curse me every time you have a drink - go to the buck store and get a tray you will only use for freezing herbs, tomato paste, etc). I will then thaw a couple and add 2 or 3 Tbsp of olive oil to make a great pasta sauce. This is what we had for lunch today and it was wonderful. So aromatic but just a mild, sweet garlicky flavour.