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There are so many great conversations on the Hotline -- it's hard to choose a favorite. But we'll be doing it, once a week, to spread the wealth of our community's knowledge -- and to keep the conversation going.  

We’ve all had it happen: something catches your eye at the farmers market (or shows up in a CSA box), and it looks really cool -- but what do you do with it? This week we’re talking about garlic scapes and how to use them, especially if they seem too intense for pesto. Some of our favorite ideas so far? 

What are your go-to uses for garlic scapes? Add your two cents to the question on the Hotline here, or continue the conversation in the comments below! 


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almost 2 years ago Donna

White bean and garlic scrapes dip! Easy preezy...lemon juice scapes, can of cannellini beans and evoo, simple and yummy!


about 2 years ago hs3144

Garlic Scape Pesto....
8 scapes (or more to taste)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1/3 cup walnuts or pine nuts
1/2 cup olive oil (added to the consistency that you like)
I use walnuts as I reserve the pine nuts for basil pesto. This freezes great.


about 2 years ago AKB

I just used them in a clam sauce over linguine. Still used garlic but the combo worked great plus some added green with the parsley!


about 2 years ago arfinannie

I use scapes in a not-quite-pesto as follows: Grind scapes, olive oil and salt in a food processor til pesto consistency. Freeze in ice cube trays. Use scape not-quite-pesto as you would minced garlic. It's especially good sautéed with greens. And it's especially welcome in the winter when you've used up your supply of locally grown garlic!


over 2 years ago DomesticWit

I just chop them up, put them in a jar with some olive oil and keep them in the fridge to use when I need them. Add them to salad dressing, pesto, omlettes and frittatas, chimichurri, marinades, mix with goat cheese...I could go on for forever.


over 2 years ago CrunchyMom

Another fan of scape pesto! I'll have to check out that recipe that was shared!


over 2 years ago Trena Heinrich

I just made delicious version of mushroom carbonara using garlic scapes. It turned out really well and I just couldn't resist buying them when I saw them at the farmers market last weekend.


over 2 years ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I really like the idea of expanding hotline threads! Thanks, lindsayjean!


over 2 years ago Lindsay-Jean Hard

Lindsay-Jean is a Contributing Writer & Editor at Food52.

Well, I can't take any of the credit for the idea, but I'm happy to hear that it's a hit!


over 2 years ago carswell

I wouldn't discount making pesto. It's terrific on pasta - and even better on bruschetta with goat cheese.


over 2 years ago MEGGULP

this is my go to scape recipe for pesto. from Dorie Greenspan its soooo good!:


about 2 years ago cookbookchick

Mine, too! I have also used garlic scapes in place of leeks in vichyssoise. They're so beautiful to look at, too! I bought a large bagful today at our local garlic farm here in Upstate NY.


over 2 years ago Courtney Bettle

The timing couldn't be more perfect for this post! I just picked up my summer CSA share today and it included garlic scapes! I hope Food52 readers have some good ideas for how to use them!