Basil Garlic Scape Pesto - Recipe

     Our farmer's market is in full swing, and it is so exciting to see the bounty of the season rolling in.  Today the aroma from the bunches of basil were simply irresistible.  And there were garlic scapes!  What a divine flavor to bite into.  They are curly, tender, flower buds of the garlic plant which are removed to encourage the development of the garlic bulb.  They taste like garlic, so I thought it would be a wonderful addition to basil pesto!  I used a high quality parmesan cheese freshly grated and of course an excellent olive oil.

Basil Garlic Scape Pesto

(Makes 3/4 cup)

4 c. Fresh Basil
6 Garlic Scapes chopped
2 oz. Parmesan Cheese grated
1/2 c. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt to taste
Black Pepper to taste

Place the basil and garlic scapes in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.  Add the cheese and pulse a few more times.  Add the olive oil with the machine running in a slow, steady stream.  Remove to a small bowl and add salt and pepper to taste.


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