Monday, June 25, 2012

Scrambled Eggs with Pancetta and Garlic Scapes

I love making a morning trip to the garden to snip something for breakfast.  This weekend we incorporated some garlic scapes into a usual Sunday meal at our house. 

Trader Joe's sells these 4-ounce packages of diced pancetta that are so convenient.  I often use them in soup or pasta dishes, but recently we realized that it's an easy way to add bacon to our breakfast without the mess.  We usually make this with scallions and red pepper, or whatever vegetables happen to be in the fridge, but garlic scapes made these eggs extra special.

Scrambled Eggs with Pancetta and Garlic Scapes
(serves 2)

4 eggs
salt and pepper
2 garlic scapes
one 4-ounce package of diced pancetta

The scapes get diced like so

and then sauteed in olive oil for a couple of minutes (just long enough to split the English muffins and put them in the toaster oven).

Add the eggs (already beaten and seasoned with salt and pepper),

and stir until cooked.

This is the time of year you'll find scapes at your local farmer's market, if you're not growing garlic at home.  With over 40 garlic plants in the garden, we'll use these a few more ways before we're done.  I think we've found that they are best in the simplest recipes, so you don't lose the subtle flavor.  Have you tried garlic scapes?  How do you like them?

1 comment:

Tortla Dot said...

Yum! I don't have any garlic growing and have not used them.
Like you, I avoid the mess of bacon. I buy the precooked, shelf stable kind of bacon and keep it in the freezer or I use capicola with the built in spices.
Smoked paprika is the really easy substitute - all the flavor, no fat, no refrigeration!