Garlic Scapes?

You may not know what they are but you've probably seen them. They are the stalks that grow from the bulbs of the garlic plant. If not harvested they will eventually flower, but usually they are cut off so the plant can use more of its energy for growing the garlic bulb. So what to do with them? Here are 10 ideas from Bon Apetit:

  1. Add some into a garlicky pesto. If you're a super garlic fan use only garlic scapes, otherwise substitute up to 1/2 of your greens.
  2. Fold chopped and sauteed garlic scapes in frittatas or best ever scrambled eggs
  3. Chop into coin size pieces and add to stir-fries or fried rice.
  4. Finely dice a couple into a vinaigrette dressing (They also make a tasty addition to a green goddess dressing).
  5. Throw whole scapes on the grill just like you would make grilled scallions.
  6. Fold chopped scapes into a dip for grilled meat or roasted veggies.
  7. Cut garlic scapes into 6-inch pieces and pickle them (Think pickled green beans or thin kosher dill pickles).
  8. Saute scapes and use them as a pizza topping. Don't forget to save any leftover sauteeing oil for drizzling.
  9. Use the scapes whole in a warm-weather friendly braise.
  10. Mix chopped scapes with a stick of butter to make a garlicky compound butter for grilled or pan-fried fish.

Here's what we currently have to pick or purchase:

Young Kale (3 varieties)
Chives (with or without flowers)
Lemon Balm
Lettuce Mix
Potted Herbs:

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