Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Garlic Spears...

 Garlic spears are the flowering tops of elephant garlic and are one of those special treats that are only around for a little while each year. They are harvested so that the garlic beneath the earth will grow larger. When roasted, any spiciness is tamed down, and they are a mild, tasty treat. You can eat them just like they are, straight from the roasting pan, or you can cut them into 2 inch pieces and add to pasta dishes or to scrambled eggs. They taste like asparagus and artichokes. With a garlic kick to them.  I bought mine at a wonderful store in our area, Tacoma Boys. They are usually available at Farmers Markets this time of year. They are also called garlic scapes..sometimes they are curly.

Roasted Garlic Spears
1 bunch of garlic spears, rinsed
2 tablespoons of fat/oil of choice
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Preheat oven to 400F.
Trim the garlic spear (just a tad off the end). Place on a baking sheet, and toss with the fat/oil and generous sprinkles of salt and pepper. Place in the middle rack of the preheated oven. Roast until the garlic spears are browning, and tender. (20 minutes) Serve right away.

I put olive oil on mine and sprinkled with coarse salt and pepper...

toss a little back and forth to coat...

In the 400 degree oven for 20 minutes

they are such fun food!

The tops are like the center of the artichoke and the stems like asparagus...If you like asparagus you will absolutely love these!!!
Cheers to Happy  !!!

1 comment:

  1. Wow! I've never even heard of these before. I still roast my carrots this way, love your posts!