Gotta Love Scapes

Scapes Scapes Scapes – I love scapes!

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I love growing garlic!

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I think it is my favorite thing to grow because you get two wonderful harvests from one planting.  The scapes come first and then soon after, the garlic itself.  Garlic scapes are so delicious, and a bit milder than the garlic.  They are becoming quite popular and are easily found at farmers’ markets this time of year in the New York area.  I am always amazed by how beautiful they are and always have to eat a few raw, right off the plant.

Every year I have so many scapes and still wish I had more because I love cooking with them.  This year I made my favorite scape pesto first.  I have basil growing all summer and make pesto quite often, but this first pesto of the year, made with scapes, is always my favorite because it is the tastiest.  The subtlety of the scapes is exquisite.  If you do not have scapes, feel free to substitute scallions, but look for scapes in the future because they are amazing!

I also usually make a scape hummus, but this year I decided to switch it up a bit and make a dip with cannellini beans.  The bean dip is more original and definitely has more depth of flavor.  I am convinced you can’t go wrong with garlic scapes.  After a day of cooking with them, though, I am now excitedly awaiting the garlic itself!  Great garlicky recipes soon!

Scape Pesto

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  • 2 c scapes, chopped coarsley
  • 1/2 c walnuts
  • 1/2 c olive oil
  • 1/4 c nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 1/3 c fresh basil

Place all ingredients in food processor and process until well combined.

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Serve over your favorite pasta.  I love it on kelp noodles!

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Lemon Miso Scape Bean Dip

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  • 1/3 c scapes, coarsely chopped
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 15 oz cannellini beans, drained
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 T miso paste
  • 1/2 t apple cider vinegar

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Place all ingredients in food processor and process until well combined.

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I took the photos and left the dip with my family for a mere five minutes and came back to this – (I guess they liked it!!)

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