Garlic Scape Home Fries

I’d never used garlic scapes until this year, but they are a great ingredient. While they have a strong garlic and onion smell when cut, they cook up much milder than their smell might lead you to believe, taking on a more vegetable quality than pungent garlic flavor. They perfect for making Garlic Scape Home Fries. — Adam Gregory

 Garlic Scape Home Fries

Cooking time: approximately 15-20 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  •  1 sliced yellow, Spanish, red, or sweet onion
  • 4-5 garlic scrapes, sliced
  • 2 potatoes, cut lengthwise, and sliced
  • 3 sprigs of thyme, leaves and flowers removed
  • 2 tbs oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

 Assembling the home fries:

  1. Prepare the garlic scapes. These are very similar to asparagus in that their stems can be very fibrous and unpleasant at the base.  So, treat them like asparagus: Starting toward the base, bend the stem a bit; when the stem bends easily and you can snap it off, you know that you have a tender garlic scrape.
  2. Since this is such a large batch, either use a very large saute pan (at lease 12-14”) or use two smaller 10” saute pans.  I used the two pan method.
  3. Add the olive oil to the pans heated over medium high heat and add the potatoes, spreading them out so that the potatoes have as much contact with the surfaces of the pans as possible.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Let the potatoes brown.  This will take around 5-6 minutes per side.
  6. Once browned, add the thyme, onion, and garlic scrapes.
  7. Reduce the heat slightly, stir the ingredients together, and cook until the onion has softened, around 5-6 minutes.
  8. Taste for seasoning and adjust if needed.
  9. Serve!
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