1 cup garlic scapes (about 8 or 9 scapes depending on size) cut into
3-5 leaves kale. If the stems are tough, remove them and then slice
into sideways strips.
1/3 cup walnuts, pecans, or pine nuts (toasting these adds a nice twist)
3/4 cup olive oil
~ 1/2 cup freshly-grated parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt (can omit if parmesan salty enough)
Black pepper to taste (1-2 grinds should be plenty for a little extra
spark of flavor)
Place scapes, kale, and nuts in the bowl of a food processor and
grind until well combined and somewhat smooth but not purely pureed.
Slowly drizzle in oil and process until integrated but there is still
some "chunkiness". Transfer mix to a mixing bowl. Add parmesan, salt
and pepper to taste.
Makes about 1-1/2 cups of pesto. Keeps for up to one week in an
airtight container in the refrigerator. Or transfer to an ice-cube
tray and freeze in cubes to be defrosted and used one cube at a time
at your leisure. The latter approach makes scape pesto available
even in mid-winter, when it’s use can make any dish a scrumptious