Garlic Scape Pesto with Shrimp and Fresh Corn
Added by gage | Thu 02 Jul 2009 @ 16:04
This recipe uses garlic scapes to get the garlicy pop of basil pesto but it still has something green tasting to it because of the fact that scapes are well, green. The lemon thyme/lemon help cut the impact of the garlic a bit. Served with sauteed shrimp and the remaining bits of sauteed garlic scapes which takes the bite out of them as well as fresh corn that has been cut off the cob for a bit of a crunch.
This pesto recipe will make a 12oz container of pesto, the shrimp portion of this should serve two. Make pasta accordingly!
1/2 lb Garlic Scapes
1/3 cup walnut pieces
20 sprigs lemon thyme (leaves removed)
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp salt (or to taste)
1 tbsp lemon juice
20 medium shrimp
Spaghetti or Linguine
For Scape Pesto
1. Roughly chop scapes to prep for food processor. Big 4-5 inch pieces are fine, whatever your processor can handle. Reserve one or two of the whole scapes for sauteing with shrimp.
2. Remove leaves of lemon thyme sprigs. This doesn\'t have to be too neat.
3. Pulse scapes & lemon thyme together until they have a rough chop, begin to add the 1/3 of a cup of olive oil.
4. Add Walnuts, lemon juice, salt and remaining olive oil. Combine until smooth. More seasoning and oil can be added to taste of course!
For Shrimp and Scape saute:
1. Get a pan hot, adding a small amount of butter or oil to pan.
2. Add shrimp and scapes that have been chopped into 1/2 inch pieces to the pan, a couple of thyme leaves, 1 tsp salt and a squeeze of lemon. Cook until shrimp are completely done and scapes have lost their garlic bite. They will have a texture a little like asparagus stalks to begin with!
Toss pesto, shrimp, raw corn cut from the cob and pasta together. You can add some cooking water or olive oil if the pesto seems too thick.
Optional: Sprinkle with parmesan or pecorino.