Summer Squash & Shiitake Tacos

Summer Squash & Shiitake Tacos

3 summer squash (cousa, scallop, zucchini, etc.)

6 oz. shiitakes

~4 oz. olive oil

4 garlic scapes (or 2 cloves garlic)

2 Tb oregano

2 Tb cumin

2 Tb chili powder

¼ c balsamic vinegar

6 kale leaves, de-stemmed

1 avocado or sour cream

2-4 scallions, chopped finely

tortillas

Quarter zucchini and cousa squash lengthwise, and slice into ½ inch chunks. Cut scallop squash into thick pie-like slices, then halve if needed, so they’re roughly  the same size as the other summer squash. Separate shiitake stems from heads, and finely chop the stems. Halve or quarter the heads, depending on size. Mix together oregano, cumin, and chili powder in a small bowl.

Heat skillet at a medium heat and, after a minute, add oil to generously coat. When oil seems watery, add the finely chopped stems along with the summer squash (it may spatter) and stir for 1 minute. Add chopped mushroom heads for 3 minutes and stir occasionally. Add half the garlic scapes, and cook 2 more minutes Add a heavy splash of balsamic and a light splash soy sauce. Cook until absorbed, roughly 3 minutes, then add half of the dry mixture, and turn the flame down to low. The goal is to coat the wet vegetables and mushrooms in the dry mixture without it sticking to the pan. A small amount of vinegar or wine can help with any stickiness. Cook for 3-5 minutes, scraping the bottom of the pan frequently with a wooden spoon. At this point, you should have spice coated vegetables—turn off the flame.

In a large bowl mix the other half of chopped garlic scapes with the rest of the olive oil. Coat kale leaves in this mixture and place enough that will fit on a hot skillet or grill. Turn when necessary, until the whole leaves are crispy. Remove to cool, and cook the rest of the leaves the same way if needed. Slice into thick ribbons when cooled.

Heat tortillas and fill with summer squash and shiitakes, and top with kale and avocado or sour cream, and scallions.

 

 

Garlic Scape Pesto

Garlic Scape Pesto

From agardenforthehouse.com

Use as a dip with toasted bread or toss with pasta and a few vegetables or prosciutto.

Makes 1 cup of pesto.

9-10 garlic scapes
¼ c almonds
3/8  c (1/4 c with a splash) extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup grated [Pecorino Romano]
Salt and Pepper to taste

Preparing the scapes - Rinse scapes in cold water, then roughly chop into half-inch pieces.

Processing — Pour scapes and…almonds into the bowl of your food processor. Blend for 30 seconds, or until a fairly smooth texture is achieved. Scrape down sides of bowl with your [favored flat object].

With the machine running, slowly add olive oil, and process until thoroughly incorporated, about 15 seconds. Then add the [Romano] cheese…and pepper, and blend for another 5 seconds. Taste carefully — you might like to add more salt and pepper.

Although this pesto is good freshly made, it is even better when refrigerated for several hours or overnight. Before chilling, place the pesto in a glass bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap.