Friday, June 22, 2018

RECIPE: Garlic Scapes - how to use them

Source: Food52

Garlic Scapes are the flower stalks of the garlic plant.  They're removed from the plant in early summer so the plant will put all its energy into creating the bulbs, rather than creating a flower.  Garlic scapes taste like mild garlic and can be used in place of it in most recipes.  Store them in the fridge - they last for MONTHS!

The flower bud can be cracked open and the seeds sprinkled on salad.

If you want an even milder flavor you can tame the pungency by immersing them in boiling salted water for 30 seconds and then plunging them into cold water to stop the cooking.

Here are some of my favorite ways to serve them:

Basil and Garlic Scape Mayonnaise

Penne with Swiss Chard and Garlic Scapes in Tarragon Cream with Walnuts

Pasta with Turnip Greens and Garlic Scapes in Lemon Cream Sauce

"Refried" Beans with Garlic Scapes

Beef Chili with Garlic Scapes and Hidden Nutrition 

Garlic Scape, Parsley and Yogurt Dressing

A friend uses them as a vegetable in stir fries!

Sauteed Garlic Scapes with Lemon and EVOO

Garlic Scape and Gruyere Biscuits 

Lots of good ideas here (Serous Eats)!

More good ideas here (Food52)


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