Thursday, June 10, 2010

Farm Box Fun- Garlic Scape Pesto

Lately in our Farm Box we've been getting garlic scapes....you might be thinking to yourself, "what is a garlic scape?"

The garlic scape serves as the stem from which the seed head of the garlic bulb is formed. As the bulb begins to grow and mature, garlic stalks also begin to lengthen. During the growth period, the garlic scape begins to curve. Contained within the garlic scape is a great deal of flavor, although the stalk never does reach the level of the pungent garlic bulb itself. Initially, the garlic scape is relatively tender, making it ideal for use as an ingredient in several dishes.
Definition found here.

This is what they look like:


Apparantly they are delicious on all kinds of things such as chopped up on salads and in stir fries...but the one recipe I keep seeing over and over and over again is garlic scape pesto... and immediately upon hearing about it...I knew I had to try it....

So into the mixer went my parmesan cheese:

My almonds:

and a couple of chopped up garlic scapes along with olive oil, salt and pepper...and voila:


Garlic Scape Pesto!!

Then, I boiled some whole wheat pasta and sauteed up some chicken to make a little bowl of yum...



This pesto was awesome but even for possibly one of the biggest garlic lovers of all time...this might have been a little potent as just a pasta sauce..

I plan on 100% making this deliciousness again and putting it in an airtight container to store in my fridge to have on top of chicken or mix with a little mayo for a yummy sandwich spread...

Yummm. FarmBox friends out there with a bunch of scapes and a confused look on your face... make this!

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