We’re deep into summer which means there’s no excuse for poor eating. The abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables that are widely available make it so easy to eat well during the summer months. One such vegetable, available during a small window in the middle of summer, are garlic scapes. In case you’re wondering what they are, garlic scapes are the flower bud of the garlic plant. They taste just like garlic, just a mild version.
A few weeks ago we received our second batch of garlic scapes in our farm share bag. I had already made garlic scape pesto (which is phenomenal, by the way, but watch the strength of the scapes because it’s easy to make the pesto too spicy), so I wanted to get creative and use scapes in a simple and delicious recipe. I decided we would grill them.
Grilled garlic scapes are mild in flavor — much more so than when raw. After they’re grilled they take on an almost sweet flavor and have a nice, soft texture. Some have likened them to grilled asparagus and while I can see similarities, I think they’re still completely different. My husband may argue they’re better, however, because our kids gobble them up without complaint. Parenting win!
Grilled Garlic Scapes
- 1 bunch garlic scapes (about 15-20 scapes)
- 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
Wash and trim ends of the garlic scapes, taking care to preserve as much of the scape as you can. Brush them lightly with oil, and sprinkle with sea salt and ground pepper. Place on a hot grill for 2-3 minutes, turning over halfway.
Grilled garlic scapes go well with pan-fried tofu, veggie burgers, or grilled fish. Or cool them and place strips on a salad for lunch. They’re versatile and simple, and will leave your taste buds singing.
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