I bought a bunch of beautiful garlic scapes recently at the farmer's market (yay summer!). Last year I had purchased a pre-made garlic scape pesto and figured this year I would try to make my own (the one I purchased last summer was delicious but way too garlicky for me).
Taking a look around the kitchen I found a mini bag of walnuts and a giant bunch of parsley and thought that those flavors combined with the garlic scapes would be wonderfully nutty while the parsley would help cut down a bit on the overpowering, headache inducing garlic flavor. And I was right. This pesto is delicious with the perfect amount of bite. Don't be confused, this is not your regular basil pesto, but I can't wait to try it out on some pasta this week or spread on a grilled chicken breast!
GARLIC SCAPE PESTO
2 garlic scapes, cut into pieces
1 large handful fresh parsley
1 oz walnuts (approx)
Parmesan cheese (a couple of Tbsp?)
Dash of salt
Fresh squeezed lemon juice (optional)
-Combine the garlic scapes, parsley, walnuts, parmesan and salt in a food processor.
-With the blade running, drizzle in the olive oil until you get the desired consisteny, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
-Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and a dash of lemon juice if you like
This recipe can be doubled, tripled, whatever you like! I'm planning to make a few batches and freeze some for later in the season!