Garlic Scape, Pistachio, and Butter Pesto – It’s so buttery and so crazy good

Garlic Scape, Pistachio, and Butter Pesto
Garlic Scape, Pistachio, and Butter Pesto

OH MAH GOSH. Everyone should make pesto with butter. Why isn’t this an everyday thing? Why does olive oil reign supreme in the world of pesto? Time to step down olive oil, because butter makes pesto crazy good. And while were at it, let’s ask pine nuts to scoot over a bit. Pistachios are kind of genius in pesto. They add a light sweetness that pairs well with the aromatic garlic scapes. When I tasted it, I wanted to keep eating it — until I realized that I should probably use it in some recipes. My breath was starting to smell super garlicky, and I didn’t care, I just wanted another small taste. But… the recipes.

“Just one more taste,” the pesto beckons.

DARN YOU, DELICIOUS BUTTER PESTO.

Garlic Scape, Pistachio, and Butter Pesto
Garlic Scape Pistachio and Butter Pesto- The Components.

This recipe will yield a little over 2 cups. And now that I have put the spoon down, my brain is overflowing with ideas. Here are some of those ideas:

  1. smother some gnocchi (with shrimp!) or other gluten free pasta
  2. top a baked potato, roasted taters, in mashed potatoes, potato salad
  3. top steak, pork chops, salmon, scallops
  4. use under the skin of roasted chicken
  5. mix into steamed veggies
  6. make deviled eggs with it, egg salad 
  7. make pesto rice
  8. garnish soup with it
  9. use it as a pizza sauce
  10. chicken wings
  11. gluten free pesto lasagna
  12. pesto meatballs
  13. steamed mussels/clams in pesto with white wine
  14. pesto salmon/sardine cakes

 

Recipes I’ve made with my scape pesto:
Pomegranate Glazed Buttery Pesto Chicken Wings 
Gluten-Free Gnocchi with Butter Pesto and Shrimp

And some stuff I’ve made that really doesn’t need a recipe but here are some pictures:

Grass fed ribeye and baked potato smothered in my Garlic Scape, Pistachio, and Butter Pesto.
Grass fed ribeye and steamed potato smothered in my Garlic Scape, Pistachio, and Butter Pesto.

 

Gluten-Free Garlic Scape Pesto Lasagna with Kale, Asiago, and Pastured Pork
Gluten-Free Garlic Scape Pesto Lasagna with Kale, Asiago, and Pastured Pork

 

So hurry and get to the farmers’ market and buy up all the scapes. You can even buy them online. By the way, make your life easy and use a high-powered blender (like a Vitamix) or a food processor to blend the ingredients. I’d also recommend that you use Kerrygold Butter. It’s one of the best tasting butters out there.           

Garlic Scape Pistachio and Butter Pesto
A fresh take on traditional pesto. Zesty garlic scapes pair beautifully with pistachios and of course, butter. Butter is the new olive oil.
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Prep Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups chopped garlic scapes
  2. 1 cup pistachio meat
  3. 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  4. 1/2 cup melted butter
Instructions
  1. Add all dry ingredients to food processor and grind into a coarse paste.
  2. Slowly incorporate melted butter.
  3. Ready to be used in recipes and/or stored in fridge or freezer.
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What do you plan to do with your summer pestos? Leave any questions or suggestions in the comments. Thanks!

 

Edited to add: Since I’m all out of garlic scapes but still had a craving for more butter pesto I have substituted the scapes for : one bunch of fresh basil and 2 cloves of garlic. The basil, pistachio and butter pesto is just as amazing.

Basil, Pistachio, and Butter Pesto
Basil, Pistachio, and Butter Pesto Ingredients.
Basil, Pistachio, and Butter Pesto about to be made into a yummy meal with gluten-free fettuccine, shrimp and fresh broccoli.
Basil, Pistachio, and Butter Pesto about to be made into a yummy meal with gluten-free fettuccine, shrimp and fresh broccoli.

 

I’d love to hear about any types of butter pesto you have made. #downwithEVOO

 

12 comments on Garlic Scape, Pistachio, and Butter Pesto – It’s so buttery and so crazy good

    1. Well. Technically, I should have went with “pistachio meats” but that felt awkward. Kinda like your comment.

  1. Oh Mah Gosh is right, this is the tastiest pesto ever! The use of pistachios is genius and even gives my fingers a workout. I subbed basil for scapes since my basil plant was going crazy, and threw in some garlic. Totally amazing, thanks for the recipe!

  2. I thought pistachios were full of fungus and a “NO” on Paleo template. I know you are into PHD but they can’t be they different can they?

    1. Hi Janet,
      I do it every so often. Typically, I’ll just go off how my body feels. Then I just skip breakfast and go for 2 larger meals.

    1. Oh no! Fortunatley it is delish with a bunch of basil as well. Just add 1-2 cloves of garlic and you have a sub until next season. Also, I’m jealous of your overflowing scape garden.

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