This time of year, the long green tops of garlic start to appear in gardens. Gardeners and chefs alike know that this is one of those limited edition spring treats that they have to jump on. And you can't beat the price! I paid a buck for a bag of 40! Cutting back the long green scape from the garlic plants helps grow stronger bulbs. It also makes a delish pesto! Normally pestos have cheese. But hey! Who says you can't change the rules?
40 garlic scapes
2 cups of slivered raw almonds OR chopped raw walnuts (nuts should be plain...no seasonings!)
3 cups of good quality extra-virgin olive oil
Prepare the scapes by washing them in cold water. Cut off the seed pod at the top.
Cut them into smaller pieces and put them in the food processor*.
Turn on food processor and slowly add nuts to the scapes.
When the almonds and scapes are well gound, start adding the olive oil in a steady stream.
I used a small ice cream style scooper to scoop out balls and freeze them on a cookie sheet. When they were solid, I put them in freezer bags.
This makes a great spread with Mary's Gone Crackers Products or as a dip with fresh veggies. And of course you can always use it with pasta or risotto!
If you feel the overwhelming need to add cheese, no worries! My Italian roots made it hard to leave it out. (I made some for friends and I did put in the cheese for them.) After you add the olive oil, slowly add 1 cup of grated parmesean reggiano or romano pecorino or a combination of both! If you do choose to use cheese, I recommend a good quality Italian imported cheese made from pastured sheep or goat.
You can find this recipe along with many others on Allergy Free Alaska
*I did try to make this in my Vitamix and it didn't work so well. It was too thick of a mixture to do it in there and the Vitamix overheated so I highly recommend a food processor for this!
- I started this blog to keep track of my kitchen creations. I love cooking and eating. In 2008 I was diagnosed with RA. Food started becoming a huge problem. I needed to find a better way to eat the flavors I love. All the recipes I create are driven by my desire to eat good food that won't create extra pain and inflammation in my internal ecosystem. While the recipes are wholesome, the language is not. I swear. I use the word 'fuck'. A lot! I make no apologies for that. It's just a fair warning. I'm raw and real. Happy cooking! Even happier eating! Cheers! Angie