garlic scape recipe roundup

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July 3, 2013 at 6:30 am

Last year was the first time I laid eyes on these funny looking curly things. I had no clue what they were and had no idea what to do with them. Was this a some kind of weird thick green onion?

what the heck is a garlic scape anyways?
Garlic scapes are the shoots that grow from garlic bulbs and usually make their appearance starting in the middle of June. They have a similar texture to asparagus or green beans and have a very mild garlic taste.

After creating a bunch of fun recipes with them I was anxiously awaiting them to make their debut this spring. I had plans for them this time around!

how to use garlic scapes

  • any way you’d use garlic! They have a very mild garlicky flavor when eaten raw, so they don’t need to be cooked
  • in place of green onions
  • steamed lightly
  • sauteed in a little oil like coconut oil, olive oil or if you want to get fancy; truffle oil and sprinkled with salt
  • in pestos
  • in pastas
  • on pizza
  • in hummus

 

recipes

Here’s 5 delicious and super simple recipes featuring garlic scapes, so you have no excuses for using them up! If you aren’t going to get around to cooking them, use them to make your own fresh veggie stock in 4 easy steps.

 

garlic scape guacamole

Ingredients

  • 1 large/2 small, ripe avocado, pit removed
  • 1-2 garlic scapes, finely diced
  • 1 small tomato, diced
  • 2 tbsp. cilantro, chopped
  • hot sauce or dried chili peppers to taste
  • pinch salt

Using a fork, mash all ingredients together, leaving some chunks or pulverizing it until smooth – you’re call. Serve ‘em up with organic corn chips, in tacos, burritos, with quesadillas or on top of a salad for a yummy dressing.

raw pistachio & garlic scape pesto

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch raw garlic scapes, roughly chopped
  • juice of ½-1 fresh lemon
  • about ½ cup (a handful) shelled and soaked  pistachios
  • about ¼ cup nutritional yeast (optional for cheesy flavor)
  • about ½ cup packed fresh basil
  • drizzle of extra virgin olive oil (optional)
  • sea salt to taste
  • water as needed to thin the pesto

Directions

  1. Put all ingredients into a food processor except water
  2. Blend until desired consistency is reached, chunky or smooth, scraping the sides and adding small amounts of water at a time as needed
  3. Adjust seasoning to taste

fresh tomato & scape salsa

Ingredients

  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1 garlic scape, finely diced
  • ¼ cup red or white onion, diced (this is optional, the scapes are a good sub for both garlic and onion)
  • 2-3 tbsp. chopped cilantro
  • 2-4 mint leaves very finely diced
  • pinch salt
  • ½ tsp. dried chili peppers or half of a fresh jalapeño (optional)

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients and stir

pumpkin seed & garlic scape pesto

Ingredients

  • 1/2 bunch raw garlic scapes, roughly chopped
  • juice of 1 or 2 fresh lemons
  • 1 cup shelled pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast (optional for cheesy flavor)
  • ½ cup packed fresh basil
  • handful raw spinach (optional for extra green color)
  • drizzle of extra virgin olive oil (optional)
  • sea salt to taste
  • water as needed to thin the pesto

Directions

  1. Put all ingredients into food processor except water and oil if using
  2. Blend until desired consistency is reached, scraping the sides and adding small amounts of water and/or olive oil at a time as needed
  3. Adjust seasoning to taste

raw green goodness pesto

Ingredients

  • 4 tbs. raw macadamia butter (or ¼ cup raw macadamia nuts, brazil nuts, cashews or pine nuts would also work well)
  • 1 cup raw broccoli, chopped
  • 3 raw garlic scapes, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup basil
  • 3 sprigs lemon thyme or regular thyme with a tablespoon or two of fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • sea salt to taste

Directions

  1. If using raw macadamia nuts instead of macadamia butter, process the nuts in the food processor first, until you reach a consistency almost as smooth as nut butter
  2. Put all remaining ingredients into food processor
  3. Blend until desired consistency is reached, scraping the sides as necessary
  4. Adjust seasoning to taste

 

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