Jul 1, 2009

Garlic Scape Basil Pesto






I went to the farmers market in Union Square this morning where I encountered these garlic scapes. Never seeing these before, I was told they are the shoots that grow from the bulb that eventually straighten out and bloom, and they are only available for a short time. Farmers remove these so the garlic bulb can get more energy to grow larger. These have a milder garlic flavor than garlic cloves, similar to a green onion, but with a garlic taste. The vendor at the market told me you can replace garlic in recipes or you can make a pesto which you can use on bread, in risotto, pasta, bruschetta, etc. I will now be purchasing these scapes on a regular basis if I can find them!



Garlic Scape Basil Pesto
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 7 • Serving Size: 1 tbsp • Old Points: 3 pts • Points+: 4 pts
Calories: 124.4 • Fat: 12.4 g • Protein: 3.2 g • Carb: 0.5 g • Fiber: 0.2 g • Sugar: 0.1 g Sodium: 133.2 mg (without salt)


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (about 6) garlic scapes, flowers and tough ends removed
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt, fresh pepper to taste

Directions:
    Cut the garlic scapes into small pieces. In a food processor or mini blender pulse scapes, basil, parmigiano, salt and pepper until smooth. Slowly add the olive oil while pulsing. Store in an air-tight jar for up to two weeks.

    10 comments :

    1. Any chance you'll post your favorite 4th of July recipes in one post with links so I can pick your brain for a good WW menu????

      I'm making the blueberry pie you recently posted. I picked fresh blueberries yesterday and can't wait to try it.

      Love your recipes, by the way.

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    2. Great Idea, I'll post tonight! The pie is great!

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    3. This looks so fresh and yummy!

      Pam
      www.alovefornewrecipes.blogspot.com

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    4. WOW Gina your site is just better and better LOVE the pictures they make my mouth water!!!!!!!

      Can't wait to try more of your great idea's!!!!!

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    5. if you can't find garlic scapes, what else could you use? a little garlic and green onions?

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    6. I have the same question as Jana. Can we just substitute regular garlic cloves for the garlic scapes if we can find them? Please advise because I am dieing to try this recipe.

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    7. Sure, it will just be a bit more pungent. Maybe use 2 cloves garlic, 1 cup basil instead which is more like a basil pesto.

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    8. I made this tonight with green garlic instead of garic scapes. I got the green garlic in my CSA box and had no idea what to do with it. This turned out great!

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    9. does this need to be refrigerated in order to last 2 weeks?

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    10. when are garlic scapes available?

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