If you have never had garlic scapes you are in for a treat. Garlic scapes are the unopened flower from the top of a garlic plant. They are green and tend to curl up. Garlic growers like to remove them from the plants so they can grow larger bulbs. Only hardneck varieties of garlic grow these scapes. Once the scapes are removed they can be used in the kitchen. They are a gourmet treat. The season is very short for them, so get them while you can. The best place to get them is at your local farmer’s market. If you are lucky you might find them at a specialty grocery store.
The best way I think to use them is to simply roast them in the oven. I set my oven to 400 degrees. I then cut the scapes into 2-3 pieces. I cut off any tips that I consider to be too thin. They will just burn before the rest of the scape is done. I use the tips in other dishes just like one would use chopped garlic. I like to arrange my scapes on a sheet pan lined with a Slipat. I then drizzle some olive oil over the scapes, before adding some kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Then I slide them in the oven and roast them until they are tender and just starting to caramelize.
The texture is somewhere between roasted asparagus and roasted green beans. The best part is that they naturally have a roasted garlic flavor without having to chop up any garlic. If you can find them, snatch them up and give this method a try. They are avaialble in the Midwest in mid to late June.