Although it may seem that all I do is bake delicious desserts, 'tis not true. I do cook quite a bit, and I'm actually a very healthy eater. I am rarely the one consuming the goodies I make. I mean, don't get me wrong; I do eat what I make. I just don't eat very many of the treats. ;-) Moderation is always the key, friends!
I'm about as big a fan there is of veggies, and I rarely go a day without eating a large salad for either lunch or dinner. So earlier this year when friends of ours suggested we buy a vegetable CSA share together, I jumped at the chance! Fresh, local, organic, delicious veggies every week? Yes, please! We've been getting veggies for just over a month now, and we're really loving it. Everything tastes so good! The difference in taste and freshness between the veggies I'd typically buy in the grocery store vs. the CSA veggies is very noticeable, I'd say!
For the first few weeks, we were getting a lot of garlic scapes, and through the food blog world, I learned that other people doing CSA's were also getting lots of garlic scapes. What's with these things? I had no idea. I had never seen a garlic scape before in my life! Haha. As it turns out, scapes are the part of the garlic plant that shoots out of the ground as the bulb is growing underground. For the garlic to keep growing, it's important to pick the scapes. Otherwise, the garlic's growth is stunted! And we can't have that.
Since receiving so many scapes in our CSA, I was eager to find new recipes with which to use them. Thankfully, the Brown Eyed Baker came to the rescue just in time with this tasty white bean and garlic scape dip recipe! The recipe is very simple with only six ingredients (two of which are salt and pepper), and it's deeelicious. I can't get enough of it since I've made it. I eat it with crackers and veggies mostly, but I've also put it on a turkey sandwich. YUM! The consistency is a bit thicker than most hummus I've had. I should warn you...this is a verrrry garlicky recipe. So be sure not to eat this before you're heading out for a date or an important business meeting. ;-)
-1/3 cup sliced garlic scapes
-1 Tbsp. lemon juice
-1/2 tsp. sea salt
-ground black pepper to taste
-1 can (15 oz.) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
-1/4 cup olive oil
In the bowl of a food processor, process the scapes, lemon juice, salt, and pepper until finely chopped, scraping the sides as needed. Add the beans and process until the mixture is a rough puree. With the machine running, pour in the olive oil and process until smooth. Check the consistency; if you'd like it to be a bit thinner, you can add two or three tablespoons of water. I did not do this, as I liked the consistency as it was.
Taste, and add more salt and pepper if you'd like. ENJOY!
There you have it. Garlic scapes. Give 'em a try!