Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Shrimp and Garlic Scape Scampi

Shrimp and Garlic Scape Scampi

Shrimp, garlic scape pesto, and parsley in a wine/butter/lemon sauce over pasta.  Seasonal eating.
The high falutin' way.

Shrimp, garlic scape pesto, and parsley in a wine/butter/lemon sauce over pasta.  Seasonal eating. The high falutin' way.



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I never mentioned what garlic scapes are in my Garlic Scape Pistachio Pesto Hummus recipe the other day.

My bad.
Garlic grows in a bulb--like a tulip--and produces a flower.  Unlike tulips, though, you don't want this flower--so you cut off the scapes while the flower part is still a tight bud.  That's a garlic scape.  Old Farmers [my Dad] say that forces enables the garlic plant to put all its energy into making a larger base or head or bulb.
Since garlic--again like tulips--ripens but once a year there's only one shot [do not miss your chance to blow This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo] to get garlic scapes this year.  If you don't grow your own garlic [and here's a DIY post on planting/harvesting/putting up a year's supply of garlic and pesto from one raised bed] you can find scapes at a farmer's market of from a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm share.  I truly doubt you'll find them in the store, which is all the more reason to eat locally--they are a versatile veggie!
Shrimp, garlic scape pesto, and parsley in a wine/butter/lemon sauce over pasta.  Seasonal eating. The high falutin' way.


The first time I made Shrimp Scampi was in high school.  In an effort to save money I decided to make my boyfriend our pre-prom dinner at home. [We went to different high schools and attended two proms--though I have no memory of actually going to his prom . . . perhaps we just ate shrimp scampi at my house instead?].

I got the recipe from Miss Tigani, my high school biology teacher.  That scrap of paper hasn't been seen in decades, but the basics of scampi--garlic, butter, parsley, lemon, white wine--stayed with me.  I thought the milder taste of garlic scapes would go nicely for my family.
See, while I would love me some garlic shrimp from the white shrimp truck on the North Shore of Oahu, I know that the resulting 3 days of garlic oozing from my pores would not be appreciated by my spouse.  So I'll stay on the mainland and create this instead.
Shrimp, garlic scape pesto, and parsley in a wine/butter/lemon sauce over pasta.  Seasonal eating. The high falutin' way.

For more recipes using garlic scapes, please see my Garlic and Garlic Scapes Recipe Collection. For more recipes using herbs, please see my Recipes Using Herbs Collection. These collections are part of the Visual Recipe Index by Ingredient, a resource for folks like me eating from the farm share, the farmer's market, the garden, the neighbor's garden, and great deals on ugly produce at the grocery store.


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Shrimp, garlic scape pesto, and parsley in a wine/butter/lemon sauce over pasta.  Seasonal eating. The high falutin' way.

NOTE: This recipe is not gluten free as written, because I used pasta containing gluten. To adapt this recipe for a gluten free diet please substitute the gluten free pasta of your choice.
Check labels to confirm that your other ingredients are also gluten free. Good sources for determining gluten free products can be found here:
http://knowgluten.me/2012/03/31/other-names-for-gluten/
http://glutenfreedoctor.com/gluten-free/
http://www.celiac.com/categories/Safe-Gluten%252dFree-Food-List-%7B47%7D-Unsafe-Foods-%26amp%3B-Ingredients/

 Shrimp and Garlic Scape Scampi (serves 4-6)

3 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons garlic scape pesto* (recipe suggestion here)
½ cup (4 ounces by volume) white wine
1 lemon, zested and juiced (about ¼ cup or 2 ounces of juice and 1 Tablespoon of fresh zest)
½ cup to 1 cup parsley, chopped
hot cooked spaghetti noodles, enough for 4 to 6 servings

[Note--start the pasta water first if you don't have cooked noodles standing by.]
In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter.  Stir in garlic scape pesto, wine, lemon zest and juice until mixed.  Bring to a simmer. Add shrimp and stir to coat with sauce.  Cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring once or twice, until shrimp is opaque and cooked through. Add parsley and hot cooked noodles. Toss everything together to coat the noodles. Taste--to see if you want salt and pepper. We added pepper to our own plates, but didn't need salt. Serve from the skillet.

*I was using a batch of garlic scape pesto that had sunflower seeds for the 'nut' and parsley for the leaf.  It worked very well in this dish.

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Shrimp, garlic scape pesto, and parsley in a wine/butter/lemon sauce over pasta.  Seasonal eating. The high falutin' way.

8 comments:

  1. Sounds good to me, seasonal eating at its best.

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    1. Caroline.
      I think that's the nicest part about seasonal eating--I always have something new to look forward to, some familiar flavor coming 'round the bend to anticipate.
      Thanks!

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  2. Kirsten, this sounds awesome (and I totally hear you on the North Shore shrimp--so good, but sooo garlickiy). This looks like the perfect middle ground :)

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    1. Amy,
      I'm glad I'm not alone in my love for North Shore Shrimp trucks. Ah, yum!
      Thanks!

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  3. What do garlic scapees and Eminem have in common? Answer: this post. I love that you threw him in there. That was bad ass. I also loved that you are basically having garlic scape week. It makes my heart skip a beat with delight. I'm dreaming right now of my frozen garlic scape pesto and how I can make it into a pasta dish. Oh and I ate Ramp Pesto for dinner last night, and I can guarantee it will be coming out of my pores in tomorrow's yoga class. I feel for those poor people who end up near me.

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    1. Meghan,
      The man's a poet. Misogynistic, sure, but a wordsmith like few others. I appreciate his craft, even if I don't like his message.
      I really need to find ramps--better your pores than . . .
      Well, thanks my dear for your lovely comment!

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  4. Mmmmm, I LOVE shrimp scampi and I haven't had it in over a year since I ordered it at a restaurant and they overcooked my shrimp. I need to make it at home to heal from that experience, right? Right! :)

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    1. Julie,
      You simply must replace that bad scampi experience with a good one--you've got the skills to do so.
      Thanks!

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