Garlic scapes are at the farmer's markets right now and they are a pungent little slice of heaven. You can saute them in olive oil, add them to stir fries or process them raw into a pesto. I picked up a handful at the Union Square Greenmarket to make into the topping for these crostini. I also found fresh peas which I thought would be a nice way to slightly cut the garlic intensity and picked up some goat cheese from Lynnhaven Farms. A bottle of roasted red peppers and a baguette from Whole Foods (I was too late to score any at the market - dang!) and I was all set to make my crostini.
Garlic Scape & Goat Cheese Crostini
For the topping:
3/4 cup garlic scapes, diced
1 cup shelled peas
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
For the crostini:
1 baguette, sliced diagonally to 1/2" thickness
olive oil for brushing on the sliced bread
8 - 10 oz. goat cheese
3-4 roasted red peppers, rinsed, patted dry and cut into strips
Lightly saute the garlic scapes and peas in butter until softened. Transfer to the bowl of food processor. Blend the scapes, peas, 1/4 cup of olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper until fairly smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Brush each slice of bread with olive oil and grill or toast under the broiler until lightly browned. When cool, spread with goat cheese, then top with the garlic scape and pea mixture. Lay a few strips of roasted red pepper across the top of each. Sprinkle with sea salt & ground pepper.
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People are passionate about the food they love, and barbecue enthusiasts are an especially excitable bunch. Upon meeting Fred of Tasty Licks Barbecue Company, it was apparent that I was in the presence of a True Believer. His barbecue supply emporium is impressive not just for the quantity of stocked items but for the breadth he manages to cover in a relatively small space. Rows and rows of hot sauce are flanked by grills of multiple types. Peppers hang to dry in the front window and bags of imported Italian flour line the shelves in back, along with pizza stones and peels. One row over are the the wood chips, chunks and planks. There are 'cueing tools, turkey fryers, rib racks and beer can chicken roasters.
Fred sells his own products, too, including barbecue sauce, rubs and seasonings. I grabbed a bottle of his Secret Sauce - Sweet & Tangy Barbecue.
But wait - head towards the back of the store and hang a left - oops - now you're in Fred's Music Store! That's right, it's not just a clever name - Fred, or "the smokin' guitar player" is also a music dude! It's a pretty cool store and definitely unique - which might just be our favorite thing about it.
Nah, it's Fred.
If you can't make it to Shillington, PA for a visit - which I do recommend - check out Tasty Licks online store - you can order just about anything barbecue related from their site.