In a previous post I asked for garlic scape recipes from my wonderful readers since I had never cooked with them before. Not one of you came through with fabulous recipes or any recipes for that matter - good or bad. I'm guessing then you need a fabulous recipe, because if you had one surely you would share with me. Right? You all aren't holding out on me are you?
My first trial was garlic scapes and chard. I often use garlic when I cook my chard so it seemed an obvious pairing. Since the scapes seemed very strong while I cut them, I sliced up those scapes really small. This turned out to be a mistake. Garlic scapes have a strong flavor when raw, but when cooked they lose that intense flavor. The have a wonderful mild flavor. Suffice it to say chard is way too strong for the poor mild scapes. Stick with cloves for your chard.
Chinese cabbage on the other hand is a great pairing. I made a sweet chili and chicken stirfry. The sauce was mild flavored. The major vegetable was Chinese cabbage, but there were quite a few garlic scapse thrown in there. I sliced them to about an inch to an inch and a quarter long. This is definitely the way to do scapes. No dicing allowed. When cooked use them as a vegetable instead of as a seasoning. They are quite delicious. I can even see them used as a vegetable by themselves. Just stirfry them. Yum.
Oh you wanted a recipe did you? Hehe. I usually don't do stirfries with recipes. I just throw stuff in. So there you go - my recipe, just throw stuff in. Ok I'll give you a recipe, but not for that. My all time favorite thing I found to do with garlic scapes is salad dressing. It is a take off of garlic salad dressing and is quite yummy. Its only flaw is that it is a bit too thick to pour easily. I'll have to work a bit more on it next time, but for now here it is.
Daphne's Garlic Scape Dressing
- 1 oz garlic scapes
- 1/4c olive oil
- 1/4c white wine vinegar
- 1/2c mayo
- 3T dijon mustard
- 3T honey
- 1/4t salt
- few dashes of Worcestershire sauce
Blend until smooth.
I might point out that this has a very strong garlic taste since this garlic is not cooked. If you don't like it really strong cut down on the scapes. I like mine strong.
And I learned something new about garlic scapes. I've always heard that softneck garlics don't put out scapes. I have some garlic scapes of an unknown softneck variety in my garden. They are putting out scapes. Their scapes are not curly like my hardnecks, but they go straight up and are very thick. Why oh why am I getting softneck scapes?
Well it turns out there is a kind of garlic - Artichoke garlic that can form scapes, though there is disagreement in the blogosphere about how they behave and whether it really happens. Most of the scapes come up like normal (except for that lack of curl), but the one above has such a thick flower that it is splitting the stalk before it gets out. Very strange.