I wanted to try cooking with them again, especially the season is so short. Dorie Greenspan, cookbook author and general food doyenne, coincidentally posted a recipe for garlic scape pesto the other day. Perfect for a weekday dinner. It's basically garlic scape, almonds (or whatever nut you want), parmesan, and olive oil all whirred together in a blender or food processor. I made a few changes, which you'll see below. They're earth-shattering. (no they're not)
Of course, had to start with my favorite cooking partners, a glass or two of bubbly and charcuterie from the nearby Salumeria Rosi:
I've never had this prosecco before. It is molto yummy.
I've been on a culatello kick lately. I didn't even know it existed until recently.
Gorgonzola and Parmesan. You know, it's like I have a meal before my dinner. But that's the kind of entitlement I get as the cook.
I decided to add some cherry tomatoes to Dorie's recipe, even though, as she points out, they're not totally in season. Whatever. I think acid does so much for a dish. I cut up about 2.5 cups of tomatoes (you could use grape tomatoes as well).
And now for the main event, the gorgeous garlic scape.
I chopped up about 12 to 15 scapes, which comes to a little over a cup. I sauteed them with a little olive oil and salt before putting it in the food processor, just to take off any harsh "garlic" edge (I got this idea from America's Test Kitchen, which has you blanch garlic cloves before putting them in traditional pesto).
Also dumped in toasted slivered almonds (I added a little more than the recipe called for because I like the sweet nuttiness), and grated parmesan (again, I added more than what the recipe called for but what dish doesn't benefit from more parm?):
Dump it all in the food processor with about 1/2 cup of olive oil. I also added about a 1/2 cup of basil leaves. Take the ingredients to task:
Toss with freshly cooked pasta (I used spaghettini because I had a box of it sitting around) and the tomatoes and mix well. I found that adding about a 1/2 to 1 cup of pasta cooking water made it much easier to mix.