Last summer I heard about a spectacular pesto that used Garlic Scapes. This was of course after garlic scapes were no longer available. Last week when I found some- I was DELIGHTED. These little babies burst with wonderful flavor.
Look for them now- before its too late!
I have often been asked how to make a good pesto without cheese. The short answer is to replace the cheese with other bold wonderful flavors. The chives did just that in this recipe!
Of course you can always add cheese to this- or you could even use some non-dairy parm cheese. I have had some that tasted just like the real deal. Right now I'm eating a very simple paleo style diet- and therefore decided to keep this recipe minimal.
- 12 Garlic Scapes
- 1 bunch of Chives (or green onions)
- 6 TBS Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 Tsp. Lemon Juice
- 2-3 TBS Almond Meal
- Salt and Pepper to taste.
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor.
Feel Free to adjust the ingredients to your taste. Next time around I may try toasting the almonds and throwing in some basil- just for fun!
Try this pesto on pasta, As a bruschetta topping with heirloom tomatoes, on pizza or as a dip. Last night we enjoyed it mixed into bean- thread noodles, peas and lightly sauteed zucchini.