I see numerous recipes for scape pesto here but having tasted one there is no way I can eat these raw. Should I roast them first? Other ideas?
Have you read through this feature? http://food52.com/blog... If you want to try a pesto, maybe sauté them before blitzing in the food processor. But I would do it raw and see if the taste is better for you.
I love garlic scapes, I use them cut on the bias in salads, and if they are really firm use like skewers for protein on the grill (idea came from RunawaySpoons winning recipe).
I'd chop them up and saute' in some olive oil and use them as a topping for pizza, risotto, polenta or scrambled eggs. If you have too many to add to one dish, save them in the refrigerator and use throughout the week.
I've been making a simple raw pesto and using that on baked chicken or fish fillets - delicious! I also sub them for scallions all spring and they are delicious sauteed into a simple frittata as well. Good luck and enjoy - I'm kind of jealous as they haven't appeared up here yet.
Oh, I should probably clarify - though the pesto is raw, I put it on the fillets before I bake them so it's cooked by the time I eat them and pretty mild.
I use garlic scapes (usually in a stir-fry) because I have them, but they're an overrated item in my book. Just to be clear, you're doing the grower a favor by relieving him or her of the scapes. They have to be removed so that the garlic plant does not go to seed, thereby drawing energy away from the developing bulb. Charging for scapes, or including them in a CSA share, is an example of brilliant
marketing. Fresh garlic, on the other hand, is a wonderful thing!
I was introduced to scapes in my CSA as well and at the suggestion of the farmer, we always brushed them with olive and grilled them. Delicious!
I have used them raw in pesto and do not find them too strong--in fact, I thought the pesto was delicious.
pickled garlic scapes, a la Marissa McClellan of Food in Jars, are amazing!!!!
I make huge batches of these every year!
I wholeheartedly second the garlic scape pickle! I made a batch last year and should have quadrupled it. Deeeelish! I also love them in frittatas or roasted like asparagus.
I use them in stir-fries instead of garlic bulbs. They're nice with pasta too, diced up as sautéed in olive oil. Also great in pesto.
I wonder if blanching them briefly would totally ruin their flavor. It's not delicate at first bite, but I find cooking them really mellows them if I'm not careful. Has anyone tried? My food processor is a little old and I think the hard fibers might overwhelm it if I don't soften the scapes before I make pesto.