Smoked Garlic Scape Pesto

Smoked Garlic Scape Pesto

Garlic scapes are the stems of the garlic plant, and have a milder flavour than garlic. They are usually grilled or made into a pesto. This recipe combines both ideas into a smoky sauce that can be tossed with pasta, spread on sandwiches, used as a pizza sauce, or to garnish a soup. For a different variation, try a different type of nuts, like pine nuts or cashews, instead of almonds.


1 lb garlic scapes

½ cup almonds

½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated

1 cup olive oil

Juice & zest of 1 lemon

Salt & pepper


Slice scapes lengthwise.

Cold smoke the scapes with Bradley Smoker Apple Bisquettes for 2 hours (the scapes will have yellowed slightly).

Cut the scapes into 1 inch pieces.

In a food processor, chop almonds into small pieces.

Add garlic scapes, Parmesan cheese, ½ cup olive oil, lemon juice and zest, then puree.

Slowly add remaining olive oil until desired consistency is reached.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.