What are your favorite garlic scape recipes? I only have one, grilled garlic scapes. They are incredibly simple to make, and it doesn’t matter what kind of grill you have, because nothing fancy is required. When we lived in Philly, our only backyard space was a fire escape five floors up. And our grill was a camping apparatus from the eighties that my dad found when he was cleaning out his attic.
This was the first grill I cooked garlic scapes on, so like I said, nothing fancy. A few moves and cities later and now we’re living in Dallas. Garlic scape season is short here since our winters are mild and short, and spring transitions to summer by April. So I love to make the most of them as best I can.
Grilled garlic scapes are my favorite.
If you’ve never worked with or eaten garlic scapes before, grilled garlic scapes are the best way to enjoy them. I feel pretty strongly that the best garlic scapes recipes are ones that leave the garlic scape whole. In my humble opinion, scapes have no business in pesto, hummus or compound butter. Okay, maybe compound butter.
Garlic scapes have a texture similar to asparagus with a pleasant garlicky flavor. If you love garlic you will love garlic scapes. If you don’t love garlic, you will probably still like garlic scapes because their garlic flavor is less pungent and more tolerable to appreciate.
What are garlic scapes?
Garlic scapes are the flowering bud and whiplike stalk that grows out of the the top of the garlic plant. The bud and stalk is removed to encourage the bulbs to thicken up. Garlic scapes aren’t usually found at grocery stores, but you can find them at farmers’ markets or if you’re lucky in your CSA box.
The season for scapes is usually late spring to early summer. If you’re having a hard time locating them or if you feel lost in the process you can ask a farmer at your market how to track these babies down. Grilled garlic scapes are fun to cook, and super delicious to eat. I hope you love them as much as I do.
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