Garlic Scape Pesto

Another ingredient I’ve never cooked with before…garlic scapes.  Garlic scapes are basically the flower stalk of garlic plants, growing out of the top in a curly sort of fashion.  My CSA newsletter suggested making pesto with them, so obviously that’s the direction I went.  I could eat pesto with a spoon…greens blended with nuts, cheese and olive oil…I mean come on.  What is better than that?  Well I suppose tossing it with warm pasta.  Food heaven.
Garlic Scape Pesto

If you happen to come across these at your local farmers market or get them in your farmshare, I highly suggest making pesto with them.  Super easy and totally delicious…double win!
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you will need:
¾ cup walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped
10 garlic scapes, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 cup (or 1 large handful) parsley, roughly chopped
½ cup Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
¾ cup olive oil

Heat walnuts in a small skillet over medium heat without oil.  Swirl the pan every minute or so until you can smell the nuts toasting, about 3 minutes.  Take off of the heat and set aside to cool a bit.

Meanwhile, prepare the garlic scapes and parsley and toss in the bowl of a food processor.  Add walnuts and pulse until everything breaks into pieces.  Pulse a few more times, then add cheese, salt and pepper.  Pulse again until a paste begins to form.

With the food processor running, add the olive oil in a steady stream until it reaches your desired consistency.  Feel free to use more or less than my suggested amount of oil.  I keep mine pretty thick and thin it out in small portions if necessary.  Do a taste test for seasoning before serving or storing.

Serve immediately or place in a container and add a bit of olive oil to the top before refrigerating.  Keeps beautifully in the fridge for about a week or freeze small portions (hello ice cube tray) for a summer treat in the middle of the gloomy winter.

makes: about 2 cups
time: 10 minutes
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One Comment

  1. Danielle
    Posted July 16, 2014 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Adorable spoon! This looks yummy, and doesn’t even require expensive pine nuts!

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