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5 Ways with Garlic Scapes

This time of the year makes me so happy.

It’s like Christmas, but in the middle of the summer, so it’s warm. There is a very small window, every year, usually in June, where garlic scapes are in season. It’s a short window–usually only a few weeks, so I go mad buying and making stuff out of these delicious green curly delights.

5 ways with garlic scapes

If you’ve never heard of them before, garlic scapes are the green tops of garlic which sprout in the spring. They are milder in taste than the actual cloves, and thicker and more fibrous than say, chives or a scallion.

But holy smokes, are they tasty! You can do so very many things with them, and I thought I’d share some of my favorite ways to use them with you.

  1. Stir-frys. We eat a lot of stir-frys at our house. They are easy and healthy. I throw some rice in the rice cooker, or if we are really running late, I just make some noodles. Then I sautee up some diced tofu that I’ve tossed in cornstarch and set it aside. Finally, I quickly fry up whatever fresh veggies we have on hand–Michael likes broccoli and cauliflower, I usually have carrots and zucchini and onions, too. Dice up your garlic scapes and add them to this mix. Finish with a little sauce (we like hoisin) and voila! Dinner!

    Pickled Garlic Scapes by Chef Heidi Fink.

  2. Garlic Scape Pesto. This is the one I’ve been making for years. I make a huge batch and freeze it in ice cube trays, and it lasts me all year long.
  3. Pickled scapes: These make an amazing garnish for that most Canadian of all cocktails: The Caesar. This recipe from the lovely Chef Heidi Fink.
  4. Garlic Scape Jam: I made this for the first time last year, and it took me quite a few fails to get it right. I love this on a cracker with a slice of brie.

    Image by Well Fed Flat Broke

  5. Garlic Scape Cheese Bread: This recipe is from Well Fed, Flat Broke, and the first time I made it, Michael’s eyes literally rolled back in his head. Yeah. It’s really good.

What’s your favorite way of enjoying scapes? Let me know in the comments below, quick! Before the season is over!

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How to Make Roasted Garlic & Win a $50 Gift Pack from Sabra!

Garlic, glorious garlic!

When I was a kid growing up, we had zero spices in our house. It just wasn’t a thing. Oh, we had salt, but we didn’t even really use pepper–I remember quite clearly having 2 salt shakers instead.

As I got older, and started to learn more about cooking, and therefore seasoning, garlic was probably the first “spice” I ever started to experiment with. At first, it was dried garlic powder, but then later, I went right for the real thing, and started adding raw garlic to my cooking.

I love the flavour it brings. Garlic really is a superstar. And we are not far off now from Garlic Scape season, which is one of my favourite times of the year!

Garlic is an amazing ingredient, but roasted garlic is even more amazing! When you roast it, it becomes sweet and almost nutty. It becomes soft and buttery, and you can add it to so many things–like sauces, which it will help to thicken.

Here’s just a few things you can do with roasted garlic:

  • Add it to hummus
  • Add it to pasta sauce
  • Spread it on toast
  • Add it to salad dressings
  • Add it to soup
  • Add it to mashed potatoes
  • On pizza or nachos

It’s really versatile! Oh–and really simple to make. You don’t even need one of those fancy garlic baker thingies.

To celebrate April as Garlic Month, I’m giving away $50 worth of Sabra products!

The prize includes:

sabra prize pack

  • 5 VIP coupons, redeemable for full-sized product, AND
  • A wooden and ceramic branded serving tray (so cute!)

How to enter:

Comment below and tell me what your favourite way to use roasted garlic is, and you’ll be entered in the draw. For an additional entry, tweet:

This contest is open to Canadians only, and closes midnight, April 30.