Today is National Garlic Day!
Our friends from Michigan Garlic Farm specialize in hand planted, hand weeded, and hand harvested garlic, so we think they are a great authority on some of the best recipes utilizing garlic!
Check out the recipes generated by the farm below:
Garlic Scape & White Bean Dip (makes about 1-1/2 cups)
3-4 garlic scapes chopped
1 Tbsp. course sea salt, more to taste
ground black pepper to taste
1 can (15 oz) cannellini beans, rinsed & drained
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, more for drizzling
In a food processor, process garlic scapes with lemon juice, salt and pepper until
finely chopped. Add cannellini beans and process to a rough purée.
With motor running, slowly drizzle olive oil through feed tube and process until
fairly smooth. Pulse in 2 or 3 Tbsp. water or more until mixture is the consistency of a dip. Add more salt, pepper and/or lemon juice, if desired. Spread out dip on a plate, drizzle with olive oil. Serve with bread, tortilla chips, etc.
Garlic Scape and Almond Pesto (makes about 1 cup)
10 garlic scapes, finely chopped
1/3 to 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan (to taste and texture)
1/3 cup slivered almonds (you could toast them lightly, if you'd like)
About 1/2 cup olive oil
salt to taste (remember the cheese is salty)
Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend. If you're not going to use the pesto immediately, press a piece of plastic against the surface to keep it from oxidizing. The pesto can be stored in the refrigerator for a couple of days or packed airtight and frozen for a couple of months.
Mashed Potatoes with Garlic Scapes
2 1/2 lbs. russet potatoes peeled and cut into 1" pieces.
2 Tbsp. butter
1/4 cup finely chopped scapes
1/4 cup hot milk salt & pepper to taste.
Cook potatoes in a large pot until very tender and drain. Put potatoes in a large bowl and keep war. Add butter to the pot that potatoes were cooked in. Over medium high heat, melt the butter and add scapes and saute about 5 minutes. Add potatoes back in the pot with butter and scapes. Add salt & pepper and hot milk. Mash until smooth and creamy. Add additional milk as needed.
All recipes granted permission from MichiganGarlicFarm.com for posting.
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