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Garlic Scape Pesto – Food Wishes ctm magazine

I’ve been wanting to do some extra “quick and dirty” bonus videos on the channel, and this garlic scape pesto is an experiment in doing just that. Besides them being shorter, they also contain no “You’re the…” rhyme, or any “That’s right!” in the intro. Regardless, I hope you enjoy this great alternative pesto!

Here are the ingredients, and I’ll add the links when there is an official recipe page for it on Allrecipes.
Makes about a cup:
1 cup roughly chopped garlic scapes
juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1/2 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup toasted walnuts



  • Food Wishes on June 7, 2020

    I've been wanting to do some extra "quick and dirty" bonus videos on the channel, and this garlic scape pesto is an experiment in doing just that. Besides them being shorter, they also contain no "You're the…" rhyme, or any "That's right!" in the intro. Regardless, I hope you enjoy this great alternative pesto!

  • Lulu on June 10, 2020

    Such an interesting take on pesto (and garlic scapes)! We always have 'em stir-fried Chinese or Korean style, but I love pesto and garlic scapes so I can't wait to try this out! Heading to supermarket tomorrow (we are lucky enough to get this all year round).

  • Willard Hazen on June 10, 2020

    From outstate Nebraska….PERFECT!! My scapes are just coming on. Thank you!

  • Mary Sanchez on June 10, 2020

    This takes a little planning because I do it the fall before the spring next year. If you want it tomorrow, you have to plant it yesterday. Just take whichever garlic you really like, whether from Walmart or an heirloom catalog. Including hardneck garlic. Separate the cloves and plant them. Next year you'll have garlic heads. I take off those stems anyway, because I want them to throw all their energy into the heads, not flowers and seeds. When the tops start to brown, that's when I sharply bend the leaves over. So if you've got some garlic that looks like it's not fresh enough for you to eat any more, plant it.

  • Tom Sparks on June 10, 2020

    Watch how much lemon you put in — I found a whole lemon was too much, also — if you are gorwing your own, clipping the scapes will make your garlic bulbs fatten.

  • Not really my thing but ….. as I watch all your videos, and love them, enjoyed just watching it.

  • Jackie O'Neal on June 10, 2020

    Can do a recipe with pork chops and sauerkraut.?

  • Just Lisa on June 10, 2020

    I discovered making garlic scape pesto several years ago when I bought them at my farmers’ market. So tasty! I need to see if anyone is selling scapes this weekend at the market.

  • Zachary Zoet on June 10, 2020

    It is very good on chocolate ice cream!

  • Bessie Hillum on June 11, 2020

    I think that you led your subscribers down the wrong road here a little with that thumbnail.

    However, it was a good tip. Thanks.

  • RazorCrest on June 12, 2020

    I watched this at 3 in the morning……

    Big mistake…

  • Rey Rex on June 12, 2020

    Is that like the garlic version of green onion(or scallions as some of you may call it)
    ……Green Garlic?

  • slimpyman on June 12, 2020

    chef john. the only thing better than your voice, is your food! you didnt put in one of your "after all you are the pesto maker of your —–" one liners!!!

  • Sam Nickerson on June 13, 2020

    Salvaged my garlic crop using this. Had plenty of scapes, but garlic didnt do well. Not much sun or warmth this year in ATL.
    I folded the "pesto" into a couple softened sticks of butter, rolled into a tube, and froze.
    Makes GREAT garlic toast, and a round sliced and topped on a steak…..INCREDIBLE.
    Thank you!

  • Ashlee on June 13, 2020

    I was offered free scapes at the Albany Oregon farmers market today after telling the gal at the stall about your video. She's a fan of yours and wished me luck in making this pesto.

  • Christian Erickson on June 19, 2020

    Garlic scapes are wonderful! I'll have to try this for sure. I harvested mine a week ago. Just this morning I used a few scapes in your queso recipe in place of the green onion and garlic and it turned out great.

  • Yung Ng on June 19, 2020

    I love you Chef John

  • Karla Feickert on June 20, 2020

    O.M.G. Made this today and it truly will be on just about everything I eat until it is all eaten up!! Always wondered what to do with this part of my home grown garlic.

  • chris moyer on June 21, 2020

    the Pesto was perfectly timed for me. I belong to a farm coop and garlic scape in my box. I had pine nuts which I first toasted and not walnuts so made with them. When I first made the pesto all I could taste was the Pine Nuts. Your pesto the color was a beautiful green mine was not. I put in in the fridge for an hour to allow the flavors to blend. The difference was amazing. Put in on Pasta and YUM! Would be curious about comment on using Pine Nuts and not Walnuts. Have seen that substitution in other videos primarily for cost. Thank Chef John for the recipe.

  • acb 1994 on June 22, 2020

    just made this and it came out AMAZING!!!! can't wait to eat it on pasta and steak! thanks chef john!!

  • Pedro DaSiva on June 23, 2020

    I have two bags of scapes in my fridge so I made this. Only had a handful of pine nuts and used EVVO and white balsamic vinegar with the lemon juice. It was over-poweringly garlic (and I do love garlic), so I blended in a few stalks of Swiss chard to temper that. Mmmmm…I'll be making more of that! I really need to try it with walnut…and a piece of beef medium rare…

  • Roderick Femm on June 23, 2020

    Wouldn't some freshly toasted pine nuts have tasted better and been more authentic? Sent by someone who is allergic to walnuts and hates to see them put into anything called pesto.

  • Duncan Creamer on June 27, 2020

    I couldn’t find this on your website.

  • Limi V on December 19, 2020

    I was today years old when I learned garlic scape is a thing. Can't find a translation to my own language, so that probably means I won't find this on sale anywhere

  • Coral Mercado on June 3, 2021

    I find myself in the possession of a bunch of garlic scapes, so this is perfect! Thanks!

  • Tim OBrien on June 16, 2021

    Thanks so much. I can always count on your opinion. I just picked my scapes today and was wondering if I should use the flower part in my pesto.

  • shiro on June 19, 2021

    they have this at Park 2 Shop asian market in columbus, yum

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