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Garlic Scapes 2.0

Garlic scapes are back in season and I picked up a bunch last weekend at the Farmers’ Market.  If you don’t have a market near you, they also have them at Whole Foods.  Although, this is one of the rare cases where I wish I DIDN’T go to the market.  Once again, some hippie dinged our car with their Subaru door.  Ugh.

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Not the ACTUAL hippie

hippie

Garlic Scapes and Bacon

I came across this recipe for Garlic Scapes and Bacon at Rachel’s Table.

The ACTUAL Rachel

The ACTUAL Rachel

 blogger

Rachel has been a big proponent of eating locally and posts a lot of terrific recipes using in-season produce.  I’m a big fan of hers and highly recommend popping over there.  That’s AFTER you read this post

My buddy The Architect and his family were over to check out our new digs and we made a batch.  All you do is wrap the bacon around the scapes…

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bacon

And fry ‘em up…

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bacon and garlic scapes

That’s it!  They were delicious.  They didn’t come out as good-looking as Rachel’s but, then again, the two of us aren’t as good-looking as Rachel.

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Garlic Scape Carbonara

I also whipped up a big batch of the scape pesto I posted in this blog’s infancy.    I made the scape pizza again, but was looking for something else to do with the pesto.   So I mixed it in with some pasta…

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pasta

added some bacon…

bacon

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and a fried egg…

fried egg

Semi- Italian cuisine

for a lovely mid-day version of a garlicky carbonara.

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 Carbonara variations

OK, I lied.  It wasn’t mid-day.  I was hungover and had this for breakfast.  Whatevs, it tasted awesome.

Have you tried scapes yet?  Any thoughts on what else I can do with the scape pesto?

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11 comments on “Garlic Scapes 2.0

  1. her30s
    July 2, 2013

    Thanks, I always wondered what I could do with the garlic scapes. By the way, I didn’t even know that’s what they were called. I just thought my garlic had been sitting out too long…

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      July 2, 2013

      Yeah, they’re fantastic. It’s a little strong when raw – either in pesto or whole – but cooking a little mellows them out drastically… And you gotta start using cooking your garlic more!

  2. rachelocal
    July 2, 2013

    How odd to pop over here and see my face in the middle of your blog. 🙂 I’m glad to see you recommended me for MORE than just looks. haha.

    I think it’s funny that you didn’t cut the scapes to a more manageable size, or did you do that after you wrapped the bacon around them?

    And yes, aren’t they so delicious? I was actually mad that I used some to make pesto and didn’t just wrap more in bacon.

    I used my pesto for pasta with ricotta cheese and lemon. I also put it on fish (any firm, white fish), wrapped it in foil and baked it with some sun-dried tomatoes – tasty.

    Thanks for the shout-out!

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      July 2, 2013

      I didn’t think about cutting them until I was halfway through cooking. Funny what you don’t think about with many beers in your system.

      And, for the record, you’d get huge props if you looked like Donald Trump… Ok, maybe not that bad.

  3. wildbluewonder
    July 2, 2013

    You could make a garlic scape pesto vinaigrette…

  4. PinotNinja
    July 2, 2013

    I want all of that right now it looks so damn good! Since I live in the tropics, our growing season is reversed and my farmer’s market won’t start kicking again until January, but I’ve got my fingers crossed that Whole Foods will have some imported scapes in stock so that I can try this. My non-local move might put the carbon in carbonara, but, if these photos are any indication, it will be totally worth the sacrifice.

  5. seasonedwithsarcasm
    July 3, 2013

    Drool. I would have devoured that bowl of yummy goodness. Anything that has bacon in the recipe is a winner in my book!

  6. stephala
    July 8, 2013

    i LOVE scapes! Scape pesto is delicious and I love that you wrapped them as well. My favorite way is to rub them with olive oil and grill them on a hot hot pan. Salt them well and put them over polenta. Or pickle them. They’re super crunchy so they hold their great crunchy texture well when pickled!

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