Monday, June 25, 2012

Garlic scapes

Since I follow a couple of cooking blogs, I was aware of garlic scapes and that they were something elusive and cool, but I had not tried them, or even seen them, until we got a bunch in our first two CSA boxes. I relied pretty heavily on this post from Serious Eats for ideas and I was pretty happy with how everything turned out. I'm not sure I'm really turning into a fan of garlic scapes, but I liked trying something new.

For the first week, I made scape pesto following the recipe at the bottom of the above-linked page. I didn't really have a sense of what garlic scapes tasted like so I found the pesto a little overwhelming. It wasn't bad, but I think if I make it again, I'll follow the suggestion to use half scapes and half another herb, to cut the peppery-sharp taste a bit.

The second week, I made edamame hummus from this recipe, and compound butter following these instructions. I liked both of these better than the pesto, I think; the hummus had two scapes in it and the butter had three. The butter is especially nice, but then, it's butter.

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