Here’s a delicious and easy recipe for using those crazy, twisty-turny, garlic flower stalks, called “scapes.” Garlic scapes make an appearance at the market in mid-June. These are the flower stalks of hard-necked garlic. They have a mild garlicly taste and are perfect for making bright green pesto!
This is a spicy and deliciously easy pesto to make with garlic scapes!
- 8 to 10 Garlic Scapes stalk and leaves
- 1/3 cup Pine nuts or almonds or pistachios
- 1/3 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano
- 1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/2 small lemon, juiced
- Salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
Rough chop the garlic scapes and put them, along with the nuts and cheese in a food processor. Pulse until blended, add salt and pepper and lemon juice. With processor running, drizzle in olive oil until blended and smooth.
Garlic scape pesto can be used like regular pesto -- top pizza, mix it in pasta (so good with shrimp!) or mix it in eggs. It freezes well -- put dollops in ice cube trays, freeze and pop in freezer bags to enjoy into the winter months.