Thursday, May 31, 2012

Peas, Potatoes, and Garlic Scapes

There is just something about the beginning of summer that brings out the joy inside of us. Hot days, cool lakes, and popsicles are what do it for my kids.
 Greens, garlic scapes, and freshly shelled peas brought me the same joy this week. These potato pancakes are so full of the taste of early summer it just leaves me smiling and wanting more!

The produce in this week's share is just perfect for this recipe. You can use your peas, Swiss chard, and garlic scapes. Just add potatoes and onion.
Serve with a fresh mixed lettuce salad and you have a complete weekend lunch. Add grilled chicken breast, or portabella mushrooms for a evening meal with friends.
Pea, Potato, and Garlic Scape Pancakes

5 potatoes grated-Leave  skin on
2 cups of finely sliced (chiffonade style)Swiss Chard
2 garlic scapes thinly sliced
1 onion grated, or 3 green onions sliced
1/2-3/4 cup of shelled peas
1 tsp salt or to taste
1 egg or equivalent substitution 
1/4 cup breadcrumbs, flour of your choice, or ground flax or almond meal
2 tbsp olive oil

Simply grate your potatoes, add the greens, garlic scapes, onions, peas, salt and egg. Mix together then add the breadcrumbs or flour and mix again. It may be necessary to add more crumbs or flour to help the mixture hold together. It will be very loose but if you heat your pan and oil well before adding the pancakes, they brown wonderfully and stay together. Make sure to use a spatula that is wide enough to support your pancakes while turning. If chiffonade is a new term to you it is simply a term that describes thin ribbons of leafy greens or herbs. Just stack your greens and cut into thin slices that look like ribbons! :) I served these with cashew cream, but sour cream would be amazing too! I also added 1 tbsp of brown mustard to my second batch and loved it!

If you have never used garlic scapes we think you will quickly be in love. These are one of our most requested items from repeat CSA members. You slice them and use like garlic . This year you may notice that they are a little 'hotter' than last year. You can thank the lack of rain! Just like peppers, onions, and garlic bulbs dry conditions add to the heat level of the garlic scapes. But they still have less  bite than garlic cloves so use them fearlessly! They can be added to stir fry, chopped fresh for salad, put into pesto, sprinkled on pizza, and the list goes on and on. We hope that however you use them they leave you with that 'Summer's here!' smile.

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