The other night I was a small Italian restaurant in Brooklyn for my cousins birthday and the waiter brought out a plate of the most amazing grilled garlic scapes. If you’re like me and have never heard of scapes before they are the flower stalk of the garlic bulb, and are often used in dishes the same way you would use garlic or scallions. I personally loved them on their own with some olive oil, salt and pepper. They taste like mild garlic, and if you can grill or sear them you’ll definitely want to do that for the char flavor.
- 10 garlic scapes
- olive oil
- sea salt + pepper
1. Wash the scapes and break off the harder ends (not the bulbs) like you would with asparagus.
2. Cut into quarters so that they’ll fit in your pan. Put large sauté pan on medium-high heat.
3. Add olive oil to pan and wait for it to heat. Add scapes, salt and pepper.
4. Cook until al dente, approx. 5 minutes.
Option 2 Grilling
1. Place scapes in large bowl or plate. Massage with olive oil, and toss with salt and pepper.
2. Put on grill and cook until lightly charred, approx. 10min.