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A Fresh Look at Garlic Scapes

A dollop of garlic-scape pesto on eggs-in-a-hole. Everything is better with a runny golden egg yolk!

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Garlic scapes are one of those foodie bandwagons I just can’t seem to get on. Everybody’s all excited about them when they show up at the farmer’s market, but when I get them in my CSA box share all I can think is “great…more super-garlicky pesto.” The problem: their crunchy texture never seems to soften to crisp-tender when I cook them, so I’m left grinding them up into a pesto that always overwhelms my pasta.

But this twist on garlic-scape pesto from In Jennie’s Kitchen has me inspired to meet those crunchy scapes with a fresh perspective. Jennifer Perillo uses potent pistachios in place of pine nuts as a sweet counterpoint to that intense green-garlic flavor. Even better, she dollops the pesto on a toasted golden egg-in-a-hole. I finally have inspiration for those reedy garlic scapes that I know are headed my way.


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