Garlic Scapes, Broiled Fish and Escarole

It's getting close to the end of June and the vegetables are starting to really roll in...these are a real treat - garlic scapes. 

Fresh green garlicky flavor that isn't quite as pungent and long lasting as a clove of garlic. I made a great very fast dinner last night....

I coarsely chopped 4 Scapes and then tossed them in a small food processor with 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil and processed until fine. While they were whirling, I coarsely chopped a head of escarole. Into a pot large enough to hold the escarole I added a Tablespoon olive oil, and a small spoon of the garlic scapes and briefly sauteed, then added the wet escarole and sauteed it over medium high heat. To the remaining scapes I added 1/4 cup olive oil and 1/3 cup grated romano cheese and processed until smoother. Then threw about 2 Tablespoons of pine nuts in the processor and briefly pulsed. That was now ready..I then added about 1/2 cup of water to the pot of wilted escarole and covered with a lid to let it steam through. I then took some wild caught salmon and broiled it just until barely cooked through. After the escarole was cooked nicely, I spooned some onto my plate with some sea salt, then a good piece of the broiled salmon, and then topped with some of the freshly made pesto.. .. YUM. So now you want scapes and escarole don't you?

Angel Hair with Garlic Scapes and Clams

SCAPES! IT'S GARLIC SCAPE SEASON!

For those of you who have no clue, I am not talking about escaping cows or getting a few scrapes working outside...Garlic SCAPES. They are a spring gourmet treat! Fresh green garlicky flavor that isn't quite a pungent and long lasting as a clove of garlic. I made a great very fast angel hair pasta with clams and garlic scapes last night....

I coarsely chopped 4 Scapes and then tossed them in a small food processor with 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil and processed until fine. Scraped them into a pan and sauteed for a minute or two. Opened two cans of chopped clams(the tuna can size) and drained the juice into the sauteeing scapes. Simmered until reduced in half, added a few red pepper flakes, then the chopped clams, salt and pepper and heated through. Then dumped on top of some angel hair and grated cheese. YUM.