Roasted Garlic

4 large heads garlic, cut horizontally in half
1/2 cup pure olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons black peppercorns
Several sprigs fresh thyme or rosemary

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use sharp knife to cut each head of garlic crosswise in half, midway between its leaf and root ends, exposing all cloves inside. Put garlic heads cut side down in an ovenproof dish and drizzle with olive oil. Add peppercorns and season lightly with salt. Cover with lid or foil and bake for 45 - 60 minutes, until garlic is very soft and slightly caramelized. If desired, fresh herbs may be added during last 10 minutes of baking. Cool slightly and then squeeze cloves out and spread onto bread or add to sauces, soups, dressings or other savory recipes. 

Garlic Walnut Pesto

1 1/2 cups walnut halves (6 oz)
8 large garlic cloves
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon water
1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh thyme or chives, finely chopped
Sea salt

In a food processor, lightly pulse the garlic, vinegar, and a few tablespoons of oil until roughly chopped. Add 1 1/4 cups walnuts, remaining oil, and water; pule quickly until chopped. Add remaining walnuts and pulse briefly. Stir in parsley and herbs by hand. Season with salt to taste.

Garlic Scape Pesto

10 - 12 garlic scapes, cut in 2" chunks
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste

In a food processor, pulse the scapes, basil and walnuts until finely chopped. Add the parmesan and slowly add oil until the desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste. You can also try substituting swiss chard for the basil.

Grilled Garlic Scapes

Garlic scapes
Olive oil
Salt & pepper

Toss garlic scapes in a bowl with olive oil, salt and pepper. Cook scapes on a hot grill for 1 - 2 minutes, flipping halfway thru, until some are tender/limp and others are slightly blackened/charred to your liking.

Garlic Scape Hummus

Try substituting garlic scapes for the garlic cloves in your favorite hummus recipe.

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