Garlic Scapes – Easy Homemade Pesto Recipe

Garlic Scapes make an amazing pesto. Truly amazing. But a non-traditional recipe which includes cilantro and sunflower seeds makes this dish phenomenal! Also, preserving pesto is extremely easy to achieve. Learn how a bit further down.

Garlic Scapes - Easy Homemade Pesto Recipe

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By now, you know what garlic scapes are. And more than likely you know the importance of removing these flowering heads to allow the plant’s energy to focus on growing the garlic bulb. Once the flower has been removed, reserve it to cook with.

No? Well, let me remedy this for you!

A traditional basil pesto is made using basil, pine nuts, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, and fresh lemon juice. However, the recipe included here is out of the norm, and a good one to boot! Breakaway from traditional and give this recipe a try!

Homemade Basil Pesto Recipe and Preserving

A pesto which includes scapes, sunflower seeds, cilantro, Parmesan cheese, and fresh lemon juice? In a heartbeat, over and over again, yes, please!

One other thing, the traditional basil pesto mentioned above has a very large variety of other non-traditional methods for making pesto.

And then there are these garlic scape recipes:

Garlic Scapes Pesto – Ingredients
  • 2 cups fresh garlic scapes (roughly 24 scapes)
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 lemons, juiced
Garlic Scapes Pesto – Instrustions
  1. Remove the woody end of garlic scapes and set aside.
  2. Slice scapes crosswise, add to food processor. Pulse for 30 to 40 seconds. Scrape scapes down into the bowl.
  3. Add sunflower seeds, pulse for 15 seconds.
  4. Next, add olive oil, pulse for an additional 15 seconds.
  5. Finally, add cilantro and lemon juice. Pulse until the desired consistency is achieved.

NOTES:

  1. Reserve the woody ends for making bone broth or soups.
  2. The consistency of this type of pesto is a bit chunkier than a traditional basil pesto, but just as delicious.

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Printable Recipe – Garlic Scapes Pesto
To make things easier, enjoy this printable recipe card for your convenience!

Garlic Scapes Pesto

Step away from making a traditional pesto by trying this garlic scape recipe. Expect nothing but pure deliciousness which is amazing when spread on a roasted chicken or pork!
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: garlic scapes
Servings: 6 pints

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh garlic scape stems
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 lemons juiced

Instructions

  • Remove the woody end of garlic scapes and set aside.
  • Slice scapes crosswise, add to food processor. Pulse for 30 to 40 seconds. Scrape scapes down into the bowl.
  • Add sunflower seeds, pulse for 15 seconds.
  • Next, add olive oil, pulse for an additional 15 seconds.
  • Finally, add cilantro and lemon juice. Pulse until the desired consistency is achieved.

Notes

Reserve the woody ends for making bone broth or soups.
The consistency of this type of pesto is a bit more chunkier than a traditional basil pesto, but just as delicious.
2 cups of scapes is roughly 24 flower stems.
Preserving Pesto 

Freezing pesto is an excellent way to preserve it long-term. When stored in a glass jar or vacuum sealed it keeps between 6 to 9 months.

There are two ways in which to freeze pesto. The first method is to freeze it in silicone molds or ice-cube trays.  Once frozen remove the pesto from the tray and store in freezer bags. This will keep for roughly 3 months.  When vacuum sealed the cubes will keep between 6 to 9 months.

When making a large batch, the best way to freeze the pesto is on a cookie sheet.  The freshly made pesto should be spread evenly onto the cookie sheet and immediately placed into the freezer. Once frozen, break the frozen pesto into smaller pieces. Vacuum seal for long term storage.

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Garlic Scapes - Easy Homemade Pesto Recipe

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