Thursday, June 2, 2011

Garlic Scape Pesto... Garicky goodness!

On Tuesday, I harvested garlic scapes for the first time.  Look at these beauties! 
And this one.  I am going to eat you.
More glorious scapes!  It's too bad we only get to eat these once a year!
I harvested about 30 scapes and decided to make a batch of pesto. I followed this recipe from the Washington Post, except I used the entire scape.  In the recipe it said not to use the flower bud part, but I used it anyway.  I used my food processor to do all the chopping and mixing.  Boy did this smell garlicky, I mean like knock you off your feet garlicky!
Surprisingly, it made a large amount of pesto.  About a quart full!
I ended up using a bit of it and put the rest in the freezer.
I cooked up some thin spaghetti and tossed in the pesto with some more parmesan cheese and warmed it all in a skillet.  Oh my goodness, it is SO delicious!  The only thing I'm sorry about is that we are only growing 40 cloves of garlic.  I so want to grow more to get more scapes!  It's incredibly good!  I can't wait to try this pesto on pizza, all the garden bloggers have been recommending that.  The one thing my husband said when he tried the pasta, "We can only eat this at home when we are not going out, this is so garlicky that I'm afraid of what my breath will be like."  hahahahahaha 
What are you eating from your garden right now?  For more Garden to Table ideas, check out Greenish Thumb's blog to see what others are cooking up!


  1. I can't wait to use our scapes this year. We didn't have them last year because we were new in our house. We throw them into stir-fry. When cooked they're not as strong in flavor. There is also this good Garlic Scape and Bean Dip We'll have to make scape pesto as well.

  2. Your pesto looks awesome! I can't wait for garlic scapes to form in my garden. It won't be long now.

  3. Thanks for the information and recipe! I have a dozen plants, but your info will help me watch out for the scapes and make pesto!

  4. Oh YUM! I never thought about putting it on pizza - awesome!

  5. Looks yummy! I didn't even know you could eat those!

  6. That looks delish! I can't wait to plant our garlic this fall. In order to get scapes, you have to plant a hardneck variety, right?

  7. I just notices scapes on my garlic yesterday. I'm looking over that recipe. REALLY garlicy, huh?

  8. What a great use for scapes! We've already used ours for the year but I'm going to keep this in mind for next year's scapes. Spreading it on pizza sounds delish; I recently did that with some of the last of our basil pesto from last year's harvest and it hit the spot.

  9. oh yeah - This looks and sounds like delicious stuff (served with a side of Altoids I guess)!!

  10. That sounds sooo delicious. I planted garlic in the fall with a bountiful harvest of spring scapes in mind. Alas, I got impatient and tantalized by the idea of green garlic and pulled them all up. Next year...


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