In the month of June, garlic scapes are in abundance for those of us who grow the hard neck varieties of garlic. It is important to remove the scapes from the plant so its energy is used to produce a large bulb rather than the small bulbils that will form on the end of the scape. Some people simply toss their scapes into the compost pile, but there are some delicious alternatives. One such option is to make pesto. It has a little more bite than the standard basil pesto but is fantastic on a number of dishes, especially if you like garlic to begin with.
I would like to pass along a simple recipe for garlic pesto that my family enjoys. You will need the following ingredients;
1 pound garlic scapes
1 1/4 cups grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Ground black pepper to taste
Blend all ingredients in food processor until smooth enough to spread with knife.
Chances are this recipe will provide your family with far more pesto than they will be able to consume in one sitting. An easy way to store garlic scape pesto is to place the pesto in ice cube trays and freeze it. When you are preparing a meal, simply grab a cube and toss it on the stove and you are ready to go!
Just one of the Whitaker family's garlic patches.