The Great Garlic Scape Escape

The Great Garlic Scape Escape! Escape from rigid culinary boundaries with this intriguing garlic scape recipe. Is it a salad dressing? a marinade? or a sauce? You decide. | Recipe via Homegrown Provisions #garlicscape #herbs #marinade #sauce #dressing #plantbased #pestoEscape from rigid culinary boundaries with this intriguing garlic scape recipe. Is it a salad dressing? A marinade? Or a sauce? You decide. I’ve tried it in all of its multi-faceted guises, and I have found it goes great with just about any cooking endeavor. It’s versatile, like its root source: the awesome garlic bulb and garlic scapes are rich in antioxidants.

What is a garlic scape you ask? It’s the skyward reaching flowering top of a garlic plant, and, here in the Pacific Northwest, it’s just coming into season for those of us who planted our garlic bulbs last fall. Once these beauties begin to lengthen and curl, it’s garlic scape clipping and cooking time, and it’s a “tip” that planted garlic is just about ready to harvest.

Garlic Scapes - Once these beauties begin to lengthen and curl, it’s garlic scape clipping and cooking time, and it’s a “tip” that planted garlic is just about ready to harvest.The Great Garlic Scape Escape! Escape from rigid culinary boundaries with this intriguing garlic scape recipe. Is it a salad dressing? a marinade? or a sauce? You decide. | Recipe via Homegrown Provisions #garlicscape #herbs #marinade #sauce #dressing #plantbased #pestoIf you can’t find garlic scapes at your local grocer or farmer’s market, garlic cloves can substitute for this recipe, but try your hand at growing garlic yourself. It’s easy and fun, and there are soooo many varieties to try and savor. A favorite organic Pacific Northwest grower is linked here for those who are unable to find local sources for a wide range of garlic planting selections. Good gardening to you, and enjoy great garlic scapes next year!

On the hunt for another garlic recipe? Try this Puy Lentil Hummus with Roasted Garlic and Cumin!

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The Great Garlic Scape Escape! Escape from rigid culinary boundaries with this intriguing garlic scape recipe. Is it a salad dressing? a marinade? or a sauce? You decide. | Recipe via Homegrown Provisions #garlicscape #herbs #marinade #sauce #dressing #plantbased #pesto

The Great Garlic Scape Escape

  • Author: Shannon
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10
  • Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 2-3 garlic scapes, cut into small pieces* (adjust, depending on your garlic lovin’ level)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, packed
  • 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, packed
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves, packed
  • 2 tbsp champagne vinegar
  • 2 tsp orange juice
  • 1/4 tsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a high-speed food processor with an S blade. Whirl away for about 20 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the food processor and process again for another 30 seconds or so until smooth.
  2. Use this as you wish! I love lavishing this garlic scape goodness over roasted potatoes, tempeh, grilled veggies, as a pizza base (like a pesto), or to top a green salad (as a dressing). Enjoy!

Notes

*Be sure to trim each end of the garlic scape before using (do not include the fibrous, stringy tip from the flower end of the scape and the bottom of the stem).

*If you have trouble locating garlic scapes, 3-4 cloves of garlic will do as a substitute.

*You can always add a bit more maple syrup to taste as you wish.

June 23, 2018

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2 Comments

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    Jen | My Healthy Homemade Life

    June 30, 2018

    What an interesting spin on garlic scape pesto! I am so intrigued. I have a refrigerator full of garlic scapes and I can’t wait to make this, Shannon!

    • Reply

      Shannon

      July 1, 2018

      Tis’ the season! I plan to try grilling garlic scapes next with a little salt, pepper and olive oil. Thank you for your lovely comment and I hope you enjoy this recipe!

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