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10 Great Ways to Use Garlic Scapes

Hannah Cavendish-Palmer

This curly-cue veggie with a fresh garlic aroma clearly has something special going on.  But what do you do with it, beyond admire it’s aesthetic appeal?  Here are some ideas.  We'd love to see what you come up with!

1.  Quick pickle them: Think pickled green beans. Use them for garnish, in salads and sandwiches, or for garnish throughout the summer.  Some recipes call for pouring a hot vinegar & water mixture straight over raw scapes, but scapes that are a bit on the tougher side can be remedied by simmering them in the mixture for a few minutes until they're just bright green.

2. Pesto: Blend scapes with oil and nuts (pumpkin seeds or walnuts are my favorite), and add some salt and pepper to taste. Use a more neutral green like spinach or kale to tone down the flavor and increase the volume if you wish.

3. Grill: Think grilled asparagus here.  Just add a dash of olive oil to keep the moisture in, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and put them on the cooler edge of the grill until they’re tender.

4. In baked goods: If you’re a home baker, try blanching scapes in boiling water for 3-5 minutes, then dicing and folding into bread dough, pizza dough, or whatever else is on the menu.

5. Stir-fry: Use in place of garlic in any dish for a bright green garlicky flavor.

6. Infuse oil or butter: Blend blanched garlic scapes with butter or olive oil to use as a drizzle or garlic-bread shortcut over the next few weeks.  Once you have garlic-scape infused oil, your salad dressing options expand dramatically as well!

7. Add to hummus or dip: Fold or blend blanched garlic scapes into hummus, diary-based dips, and other savory spreads. Goes well with yogurt dips such as raita or tzatziki.

8. On pizza: Stir-fry, grill, or blanch garlic scapes in small pieces and sprinkle them on pizza for extra seasonal pizazz.  Pairs well with roasted beets, aged cheeses, lemon zest, kalamata olives, mushrooms, or really any of your favorite pizza toppings.

9. In soup: Apparently this soup will blow your mind, but I suspect that blending blanched garlic scapes into any summery bisque (chilled or warm) would give it satisfying spunkiness and complexity. 

10. In egg dishes - Garlic scapes add a mellow but pungent garlicky flavor and beautiful color to frittatas, egg bakes, or just scrambled eggs.  Simmer in oil for a few minutes before adding to egg dishes to maximize flavor and soften the scapes.