More of an idea than a recipe, here’s another one for all of you garlic lovers out there. A scape is the green stalk that rises from a garlic bulb. Although they’re usually cut to avoid depleting the bulb of its mass, if scapes are allowed to grow unmolested, they will become long, curling tendrils before eventually straightening out and producing a flower. This flower matures to create garlic bulbils, featured in my last post, Lamb Shanks Braised With Garlic Bulbils. Scapes are tasty when raw, but even more so when grilled; their tender texture and mild, sweet flavor suggest a cross between asparagus and Chinese long beans. Serve them as a nice side for grilled meat or fish, or as part of a grilled vegetable platter. Scapes can be hard to find, but they keep for 2 weeks or longer in the fridge, so if you see them for sale, snap them up, even if you’re not going to use them immediately.
Grilled Garlic Scapes
Rub olive oil into scapes until well-coated, then grill over hot fire until tender & slightly browned. season with a little salt.