Garlic Scape Fries

Garlic Scape Fries
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Garlic Scape Fries
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Garlic Scape Fries

Here's another great french fry alternative made with garlic scapes, the intensely flavored shoots of garlic bulbs that only come around to farmers' markets once a year, sometime in late spring. If you've never cooked with garlic scapes before, here's a great recipe worth trying.

1
Servings
937
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 10 garlic scapes
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • Rice bran oil, for deep-frying
  • 3 1/2 Ounces all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 Ounces cornstarch
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 8 Ounces beer, preferably Trumer Pils
  • Maldon salt, for serving
  • 1 Ounce Parmesan, grated, for garnish
  • 1 lemon, cut into sixths, for garnish
  • 20 parsley leaves, for garnish

Directions

Set up an ice bath. Place the garlic scapes in a pressure cooker with the water. Bring up to pressure and, if your cooker has 2 settings, turn it to high. Cook for 1 minute. Carefully transfer to the sink and force release the pressure by running cold water on the lid. Remove the scapes, and shock in the ice bath.

Repeat the same cooking process but do not shock in the ice bath this time. Let the scapes cool at room temperature. Then, cut ½ inch off the bottom of each scape and peel off the outer fibrous layer. 

Fill a deep-fryer to the fill line or a large pot 1/3 full with oil. Heat to 375 degrees and line a plate with paper towels. If using a deep-fryer, do not use the frying basket to allow the scapes to move freely and maintain their integrity.

Combine the flour, cornstarch, and 2 good pinches of kosher salt in a small mixing bowl. Slowly whisk in the beer until smooth with a few small lumps remaining.

Gently place the scapes in the batter and add to the hot oil using kitchen tweezers. Cook until golden brown and crispy, about 1-2 minutes.

Remove from the oil to the paper towels and season with kosher and Maldon salt, to taste. Garnish with grated Parmesan, lemon wedges, and parsley.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
8g
11%
Sugar
1g
1%
Saturated Fat
4g
17%
Cholesterol
25mg
8%
Carbohydrate, by difference
180g
100%
Protein
19g
41%
Vitamin A, RAE
175µg
25%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
416mg
42%
Choline, total
41mg
10%
Fiber, total dietary
5g
20%
Fluoride, F
101µg
3%
Folate, total
240µg
60%
Iron, Fe
11mg
61%
Magnesium, Mg
72mg
23%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
10mg
71%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
427mg
61%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
47µg
85%
Sodium, Na
497mg
33%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
331g
12%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Garlic Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Garlic Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.