Monday, June 26, 2017

Scapes without the Goats

We have featured garlic scapes in prior posts including an excellent post authored by Elizabeth in 2014.  We strongly encourage you to visit that post if you are interested in recipes for Garlic Scape infused oil, Garlic Scape Stir Fry or Garlic Scape and Arugula Pesto.

The last could be modified to use other greens you might enjoy as well - and remember amounts in recipes are guidelines and can be changed to fit your personal preferences!

In recent a CSA distribution in Waverly, Tammy created Garlic Scape Pesto for our CSA members to try out and it has received positive reviews (Cedar Falls, you'll get your chance this week!)  The recipe Tammy followed is based off of the following that we posted on Facebook for those who use that social media platform:

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Garlic Scape Pesto
" easy, fragrant pesto that can be spread on bread or crackers, put on pasta, used with fish, and as a substitute for garlic, onion, or scallions! Add to sandwiches, pasta, lamb, and fish dishes. Tastes great mixed with mayo."
See the above website for their recipe I don't weigh out the scapes, so here is the version that fits for our CSA:
- 10 garlic scapes (trim off the top (flower) and bottom that is not "bendy".
- 1/2 c. Parmesan cheese (I prefer the shredded kind, vs the ground up "shaker style"
- 1/2 c olive oil
- 1/2 T lemon juice
- pepper to taste
Put all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
Store in the refrigerator for one week or freeze (works great if you put in ice cube trays to freeze, then pop out and store in a freezer bag or container - just don't reuse the tray for regular ice cubes!).
Variations: add kale, mustard greens or basil and slightly increase the oil.

If you want to try this recipe, we should tell you that you should LIKE garlic if you want to use this pesto.  If garlic is NOT a taste you like, then you will not want to eat this pesto.  On the other hand, if you love garlic, you'll love this pesto.  One person suggested that they would slather it on chicken or shrimp prior to putting them on the grill.  

Hey, if it can make a cheap 'saltine' type cracker taste good....


  1. 1/2 c might be a bit much - start with 1/4 c oil and add more if needed

  2. And if you want to remove the garlic-y taste a bit, try to slightly boil the garlic scapes (cut them into pieces) before you toss them into your processor. Boiling can make the taste less strong. My kids don't like garlic, but they ate the pasta with pesto like crazy tonight.


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