Garlic scapes, what do I do with them?

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  1. marlingardener

    marlingardener Strong Ash

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    Some of my garlic has started sending up scapes. I have read they have a culinary use, but no one seems to elaborate on that statement!
    Can anyone tell me how they are used and suggest how to prepare them?
     
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    You can pickle them, use them as a substitute for basil in pesto(great garlic pesto!) Use them in a fritatta, cook with them as you usually would with garlic, just realize that it will have a garlicky flavor only different. The flavor isn't as deep, but still very good. I'm a big fan of the pesto!
     
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    Garlic pesto--sounds great to me! I'll make a small batch to balance the proportions. We have fritatta at least once a week for lunch (thank you hens!) so I'll try that also.
    Thank you--now I know how to use scapes!
     
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    We just saute them with vegetables in place of garlic. They are very pretty: deep green curlicues, they make a nice statement in a dish.
     



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    I also toss some chopped pieces into my salads. I love garlic scapes!
     
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    Hey Guy, so do you leave the garlic out of the pesto, then? Because my pesto just has basil, garlic, pine nuts, parmesan cheese and olive oil.
     
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    I particularly like them in Potato salad.
     
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    What a great idea, Netty
     
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    Willow, I used the scapes in pesto, substituting them for garlic cloves. The taste was milder, but still had a good garlic "tang". My recipe for pesto is the same as yours, except I substitute ground pecans for the pine nuts. I'm too cheap to buy pine nuts when pecans are thick on the ground :)rolleyes::rolleyes:) around here!
     
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    Yes, I remember those days, when we first moved there, the house we rented had 5 pecan trees in the back yard
     

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