In last week's CSA share, we got some garlic scapes . . . have you tried these delicious creatures? All curly and full of whimsy, yet with a garlicky zing that'll knock your socks off. I'd had them before, but never cooked with them myself, until Saturday night when I decided to whip up a pesto with them - and wow, were D. and I psyched. It was garlicky and cheesy and nutty and coated the linguine so well. A minimum of effort and fuss yields spectacular results here. A perfect recipe for hot days - all you need to do is pull out your Cuisinart or blender and boil a pot of water. Whip up a side-salad dressed simply with oil and vinegar (your tastebuds will need a breather after the pesto). A loaf of nice bread, some fresh berries and cream for dessert, and you've got a lovely summer repast.
Garlic Scape Pesto (adapted from Umami Girl)
1 1/4 c. chopped garlic scapes 1/2 c. pine nuts, toasted Juice and zest of 1 lemon Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 3/4 c. extra virgin olive oil 1/2 c. Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, cut into chunks
Combine scapes, cheese, pine nuts, lemon juice and zest, salt and pepper in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment.
Pulse until well combined. Pour in the olive oil slowly through the feed tube while the motor is running. Process until the mixture is fairly smooth and emulsified. Taste for seasoning and add more salt and pepper if necessary.
Makes 2.5-3 cups.
Serve over pasta (you might want to reserve some of the cooking water to thin out the pesto a bit so it spreads over the pasta more easily). This would also be delicious as a base for a grilled pizza or as a spread for crusty bread. This'll freeze well - think of how psyched you'll be in January if you have a pot of this up your sleeve! I have 2 cups in the freezer right now . . . .