Garlicky, herb infused flavor packed pesto perfect for grilling, dipping and spreading on just about anything!
Our weekly menu is usually built upon whatever I find at the farm markets
I love to wander through the tents of all the local farmers and see what they’ve picked this week
This past week, I happened upon a crate of fresh garlic scapes
What are garlic scapes??
Garlic scapes are the flower bud of the garlic plant. The scapes are removed to encourage the garlic bulbs to grow. They taste just like garlic and can be used the same way as garlic in any recipe
Grab them if you see them… they aren’t available for all that long. I’ll only be able to find them here in NY until mid to late July
They whispered to me… “make us in to pesto”. Ok. So I bought them and here we are
I have 2 cups of scapes, bulb and tip removed, that I cut into pieces. You don’t have to be exact with the size, we’re going to blend them shortly
Assemble one cup of fresh basil, 3/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup of nuts – I use pecans, 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice, 2/3 of a cup of olive oil, kosher salt and black pepper
Start with a half teaspoon each of the salt and pepper and adjust as necessary
Add the scapes, cheese, nuts, oil, lemon juice, kosher salt and black pepper to a food processor or blender
Pulse until almost smooth
Drop a couple of ice cubes into the blender along with the basil… this helps to preserve the color
I’ll thank my teenage daughter for that Instagram tip 😉
Pulse until blended and to the desired consistency. At this point, taste and reseason if necessary
It’s as easy as that!
The possibilities are limitless… this pesto goes well with chicken, beef, grilled veggies, eggs, fresh mozzarella!! Let your imagination run wild!
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Simply Sundays ~ Garlic Scape Pesto
2 cups of garlic scapes
1 cup of fresh basil
3/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup of nuts, I used pecans
3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
2/3 of a cup of olive oil
Kosher salt and black pepper – start with a half teaspoon of each and adjust as necessary
Remove bulb and tip from scapes and cut into pieces; assemble one cup of fresh basil, 3/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup of nuts, 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice, 2/3 of a cup of olive oil, kosher salt and black pepper
Add the scapes, cheese, nuts, oil, lemon juice, kosher salt and black pepper to a food processor or blender; pulse until almost smooth
Add the basil and a few ice cubes; pulse until blended and to the desired consistency. At this point, taste and reseason if necessary
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