What is a garlic scape? Recipes too!

What is a garlic scape?  They are the flowering buds of the garlic plant. The bud is removed  around June to encourage the bulbs to thicken up. Scapes make a fabulous addition to a flower bouquet and they are delicious to eat! Scapes taste just like garlic and can be used in exactly the same way as garlic in any recipe. 

Garlic Scape Recipes

**Garlic Scape Pesto**
(makes just under 1 cup, can be doubled)

5 garlic scapes
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts or walnuts
1/4 cup parmesan or asiago cheese
2 TBLS fresh lemon juice
sprinkle of fine sea salt
fresh ground pepper
1/4 cup olive oil

Trim scape just below the bulb if you have scapes with the bulb still on. In food processor (mini food processor works best for small batch)
add scapes, nuts, cheese, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Process until mixed together, then gradually add olive oil until a paste is formed. Taste. Adjust seasonings to you liking. Add more olive oil if needed. May refrigerate or use immediately.

**Garlic Scape Dip**
10 garlic scapes
1/4 cup almonds
2 TBLS olive oil
1/4 cupfresh grated parmesan or asiago
sea salt and fresh ground pepper
1/2 cup plus, sour cream and/or Greek yogurt
Finely chop scapes. In food processor add scapes, almonds, olive oil, cheese, salt and pepper and process until smooth.
Scrape into bowl, add enough sour cream and/or yogurt for desired consistency.
May refrigerate, covered for a few days.

Garlic scapes can be added to a homemade vinaigrette dressing, finely chopped and added to dropped biscuits, added to omelettes, soups and casseroles.

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