Thursday, July 5, 2012

CSA Haul: What the Heck Should I Do with Garlic Scapes?

Garlic Scapes from Katchkie

My mom's Italian so you can be sure my childhood was garlic-infused, but garlic scapes? Never even heard of them until I joined a CSA, and three years later, I still have no idea what to do with them. So enlighten me...what do you do with garlic scapes?

For starters, scapes are the young green garlic stalks that get the chop so the garlic bulb can grow nice and big without diverting its energy. Scapes are like garlicky long bean tendril thingys. I love the look of scapes even if I have no idea what I should do with them. If you don't belong to a CSA and haven't spotted them atyour local farmer's market, I can confirm that I did see them at the Union Square Whole Foods this week. If you use scapes, please share any and all suggestions! And on a totally non-scapes related note, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BLONDIE!

5 comments:

CityMinx said...

pesto, grill them, saute, chop and serve on salad, blanch and puree and use as a sauce, use in soup. basically think of them as sharper flavored ramps
and happy bday Blondie!

Drea said...

Saute them with fava beans, then toss with pasta, good olive oil and parmesan reggiano. Or skip the pasta and just eats the favas and scapes. Delish!

Sherm said...

They're really good pickled...

kristen said...

Garlic scape pesto http://www.kitchenhell.com/2008/06/its-good-that-im-single.html

Or

Roast them w asparagus and eat as you would roasted asparagus...

Brownie said...

Thanks, guys! These are all terrific ideas! My first inclination is to go the pesto route so maybe I'll shake things up and try something totally different like the scapes and favas or grilled scapes (I had no idea you could grill scapes!) Pickled scapes sound great, too. Very excited!