Epiphany! I have seen the future. The future of next year’s scapes, that is. Now, I still love garlic scapes, make no mistake. I was, however, getting a smidge tired of just pan-frying them in butter, given how many I had between my own garden and the CSA. So today, I decided to grab the remaining scapes from the garden and try something new: pesto.
I used Dorie’s recipe, added a handful of basil (maybe 5 or 6 leaves) and… found the future of all the scapes I’m growing next year. It was so delicious that once again, I have no pictures of the meal. I did briefly consider pausing to grab the camera, but decided that it was far more important to cram the pesto pasta into my face. (And to top it off, I also had some pan-fried scapes from the CSA.)
Assuming next year is anything like this year, our CSA provides enough scapes for me to cook up whole — I’m so excited to have found a way to preserve scapes to enjoy in the winter months! (And given the potency of this pesto, I suspect if I try to serve it more often than once every two months, The Boy will rebel anyway. Winter it is!)
The pesto is delicious: spicy and warming, yet fresh and… green-tasting, for lack of a better way to describe it. And the colour! It’s a glorious, vibrant green! I will say that you have to love garlic to enjoy this; a healthy of love of parmesan doesn’t hurt either. Happily, both The Boy and I are confessed garlic addicts.
So there we have it: a plan for next year’s garlic and this year’s very first canned Something.