As you may recall, I picked up a pound of garlic scapes at our CSA a couple weeks ago. Garlic scapes are the shoots that come up in the middle of garlic plants in the early spring. If not picked, the scape will go to flower and much of the plant’s energy will be used at that end of the plant instead of for the garlic bulb. The good news is that scapes have a wonderful garlic flavor and they’re good for a number of things, including adding to salads, making pesto and pickling.
But, I think my favorite way to use garlic scapes, at least at this moment, is in compound butter. It couldn’t be easier and it’s a great way to impress people and make ordinary toast more exciting. I whipped up 4 sticks of compound butter in just a few minutes the other day and I suggest you do the same.