I bought some garlic scapes at the farmers market this weekend. I did some searching on-line to figure out what to do with them (I've never used them before). Most of the sites recommended making a pesto with them. Now I know why. This stuff is amazing!
Cut off the flower part (don't use this part for the pesto) and cut the long green part into little pieces. Throw them in the food processor (or blender if you are like me and haven't read the manual to your food processor yet) and chop it up into even smaller pieces. I didn't have pine nuts on hand, but you would also chop them with the scapes at this point. I only ended up with about 1/2 cup of scapes so I added some basil from the garden as well. Slowly add in olive oil (about 3/4 cup oil for 1 cup of scapes) and blend some more. Grate in some parmesan cheese.
Serve with pasta and fresh cherry tomatoes from the garden. I think it would be really good on a pesto-based pizza too.
I'm really happy I tried garlic scapes. I've found a new seasonal favorite while supporting a local farmer and putting my garden to good use. It doesn't get any better than that.