Garlic Scape Butter
This simple recipe of garlic scape butter is only a few ingredients but packs a punch full of flavor for your steaks, fish, pasta, potatoes, or vegetables! It will quickly turn into your favorite way to add a garlicky flavor to your dishes.
WHAT ARE GARLIC SCAPES?
Garlic scapes are tall green shoots that grow in the hardneck garlic plants. The soft neck varieties of garlic do not have the curly scapes. The hard neck garlic have curly tops that will flower if left alone. Gardeners cut the garlic scapes off in late spring so the plant focuses its energy into the garlic bulb instead of flowering, resulting in larger bulbs.
To learn how to harvest garlic scapes, check out this post here.
Garlic scapes give off a mild garlic flavor. Basically, if you are looking for a bit of a herby flavor, these curly green stalks are the best things to use.
If you don’t grow your own garlic, check your local farmer’s market to see if they carry garlic scapes around June. They can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a few weeks.
- Garlic scapes
- Salt (optional)
- Other Herbs (optional)
HOW TO MAKE GARLIC SCAPE BUTTER
Get the butter to room temperature. Personally, I like to use homemade butter. It’s so simple to make and if you are interested in making your own butter, I made a post on how to make homemade butter with raw milk. But, you can also do it with store bought heavy cream. If you prefer to use store bought butter, grab a stick and let it soften up. The best quality unsalted butter you can afford, use for this.
Cut the garlic scapes into small pieces. This is where a food processor comes in handy. Unfortunately, my ninja food processor took its final turn and the one I want to replace it with is out of stock for now, so I’m without a food processor until I can get a Bosch food processor to attach to my Bosch mixer. Therefore, a knife will have to do.
Mix the cut up garlic scapes into the softened butter with rubber spatula or spoon. If you prefer to add other herbs, such as basil or thyme, mix them in here as well.
Add salt if desired.
Place in the fridge for a few hours to let the flavors really marinate or place in the freezer until ready to use. To freeze, place butter on a piece of wax paper or plastic wrap and roll. Then place the roll of butter in a freezer bag for extra protection. The butter will last about 3-4 weeks in the fridge but up to a year in the freezer.
GARLIC SCAPE RECIPE CARD
Garlic Scape Butter
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/4 cup garlic scapes, chopped
- salt (optional)
- Let butter come to room temperature.
- Mix in chopped up garlic scapes.
- Add salt if desired.
- Refrigerate or freeze.
HOW TO USE GARLIC SCAPE BUTTER
After freezing garlic scape compound butter, I like to just cut off pieces as I need. You can also freeze the butter in an ice cube tray so it is portioned out already.
Garlic scape butter works great on all sorts of food to provide extra flavor.
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