a basket of garlic scapes from the neighbor's garden
i hope that you still have some garlic scapes hanging around in the fridge or freezer. they still had them at the farmers market last week. meant to post this a week ago but we had a week-long celebration for my mother's 92nd birthday. her birthday is the 4th of july so i decided to create a red, white and blue potato salad
|red, white and blue potato salad|
|now we are ready to rock and roll/ fresh from the food processor|
1 cup ground scapes
8 basil leaves
1/3 cup pine nuts
3/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup pecorino romano cheese
salt or not...i add it when i serve it with the pasta
place all the ingredients in the processor and blend till it is a paste
|all the ingredients ready to process|
at this point, it can be used, stored the the frig or frozen for winter use.
when i serve it with pasta, i remove it from the frig and let it come to room temperature. just before the pasta is cooked, place about 1/2 cup of the hot pasta water in the serving bowl and stir in the pesto. it will then be easier to mix with the cooked pasta. i do this for all the pesto recipes that i use with pasta.
|finished garlic scape pesto|
my family always expects my potato salad to be served on the 4th. (that potato salad is in an earlier blog) we always have 16-30 people depending on the year. this year it was a mere 18 for the birthday party.
i wanted to try something different and i found these wonderful small potatoes and they were already a mixture of red, white and blue potatoes. what could be more perfect and in a 5 pound bag to boot! what follows is a very simple recipe and everyone seemed to enjoy it
red white and blue-garlic scape potato salad
5 pounds small potatoes(i used the three colors but red or yukon gold would do)
8 stalks celery, minced
1/2 cup garlic scapes, processed
1 bunch parsley, minced...FRESH ONLY
1cup good quality olive oil
1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
salt and pepper to taste
clean and cook the potatoes.do not peel them. this is a skins -on -potato salad... boil for 17-20 minutes only. they will continue to cook as they cool. drain and let come to room temperature. cut into desired size. add the rest of the ingredients and gently mix. adjust seasonings and chill.