Garlic Scape Pesto / Chicken Panini

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Introduction: Garlic Scape Pesto / Chicken Panini

My wife and I visited a little restaurant in Guelph Ontario called

Pressed For Time Paninis .

LOVED IT!!!

I had never taken much notice of paninis before this. I am now hooked. What a great idea, mix a stuffing, wrap it up and grill it. The possibilities of what can go inside are mind boggling.

The restaurant is almost two hours away, so I bought my own panini press. Funded by an Amazon gift certificate I received for a win on Instructables, I am now able to enjoy paninis when ever the urge presents itself.

Supplies

Panini press

Food processor

Instant pot

Cutting board

Knife

Measuring spoons and cups

Garlic scapes

Parmesan cheese

Olive oil

Lemon juice

Instant pot

Chicken

Seasonings

Red onion

Spinach

Sprouts

Step 1: Garlic Scapes

What the heck is a garlic scape?

In Ontario, garlic scapes are available around late May. It is the sprout that would become a flower on the garlic plant. When it emerges, it is harvested so that the plant feeds the garlic bulb rather than the flower. You can find them at farmers markets and some grocery stores.

Step 2: Chop Scapes

I grow lots of garlic so I probably waste more of the scape than some would. I chop off the slender tips that are woodier than the thick stems. I chop up 2 cups of scapes and add them to the food processor.

Step 3: Add Other Ingredients

Add to the food processor:

1 Cup grated parmesan

1/2 cup olive oil

3 Tbsp lemon juice

Step 4: Puree

Now puree the mixture. I find that sometimes the scapes are dry and I need to add more oil. It depends on the weather and the thickness of the scapes. Don't jump the gun though. Spin it up and scrape the sides down a few times before adding anything.

Step 5: Presto You Now Have Pesto

Now taste this amazing creation. Put it in a bowl and refrigerate. This can be mixed on pasta, used as a dip or as in this Instructable, mixed with chopped chicken. I have been known to grab a fork full all by it's lonesome.

Step 6: Now We Need Some Chicken

I like to cook on a whim. Frozen chicken? No problem with an instant pot. What ever seasoning you like gets dumped on top and your good to go. I find that 70 minutes makes short work of frozen chicken legs.

Step 7: Debone the Chicken

I separate the bone,skin and all the goobery stuff from the meat.

Step 8: Create the Panini Filling

Chop the chicken. Chop the onion. Add mayo and lastly, add scape pesto.

The amounts of these ingredients are to taste.

Step 9: Grab Some Greens

I grew spinach this year. I think it makes a great addition to my panini.

Step 10: The Build

Now add the chicken mixture to a tortilla wrap and cover with spinach and sprouts.

I make my own sprouts weekly. Check out my Instructable on sprouting.

Step 11: The Wrap

If the wraps are fresh you can just wrap them up. If less fresh, a quick 10 seconds in the microwave will stop them from cracking.

Step 12: Cook and Slice

A few steps ago I turned on the panini press.

Carefully place the package on the press and close the lid. It only takes a few minutes to cook. Opening to take a peek isn't a problem. When the lines are nice and dark, either turn 1/4 turn to create a cross hatch pattern, or remove to a cutting board. I like an angled cut, but you could leave it whole.

Step 13: Enjoy

Now enjoy an amazing treat.

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    18 Comments

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    gsawyer303
    gsawyer303

    3 months ago on Step 13

    The bread looked more like a tortilla than a pita bread as you mentioned in step 10. Although I suppose you can split a pita pocket and do the same thing?

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    DanPro
    DanPro

    Reply 3 months ago

    My bad. I guess pita is much thicker. Stuffing everything into a pita pocket then grilling would be nice as well. We like the garlic scape mixture as a dip as well. We cut up naan and roti into triangular pieces and grill them up crispy. They hold up better that way when scooping.

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    Ravula Naresh
    Ravula Naresh

    10 months ago

    what a detailed post with step by step process I'm impressed!

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    cdstudioNH
    cdstudioNH

    Reply 4 months ago

    Yum! Can't wait until May!

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    DanPro
    DanPro

    Reply 4 months ago

    I was looking at the garlic yesterday. Now that the snow is gone they look quite happy and healthy. With the mild winter, my kale, Swiss chard, and some lettuce plants survived. I'll be eating fresh greens in no time. Scapes on the other hand are a while away.

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    DanPro
    DanPro

    Reply 10 months ago

    Thanks Ravula,
    The Instructables site is a great outlet for folks to showcase their creative techniques.
    I'm blown away by all the talented people in the community.
    Thanks for taking the time to view my post, and for the compliment.

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    binko55
    binko55

    10 months ago

    You made me laugh with "goobery stuff"! LOL Looks good, now I have to go get some scapes, yummy.
    Thanks

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    DanPro
    DanPro

    Reply 10 months ago

    Thanks for sharing. Making you laugh has brightened my day as well.

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    PaulC448
    PaulC448

    10 months ago

    Garlic Scapes are amazing. They are probably stronger in flavour than Garlic bulbs. But I like the younger tender sprouts. Pick them as soon as they start to curl.

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    DanPro
    DanPro

    Reply 10 months ago

    Yes, I agree PaulC448.
    Scapes are nice and spicy as well. I take them while they are young as well. When I have sale for them, customers like nice curly ones. I like to get them at only a few inches in length for myself. I figure the sooner I get them off the sooner the bulb gets the nutrients.

    Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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    cjraabe
    cjraabe

    Tip 11 months ago

    Garlic scapes can be found on the Internet, as well, probably in May or June. The farmer I purchased them from mailed them quickly. As I can't eat garlic, scapes are my substitute, so I chopped them in 2" lengths and froze them on a cookie sheet, then scooped them into a bag (well, 2 bags. I bought a lot!). My husband and I are both fans, and this pesto looks wonderful!

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    DanPro
    DanPro

    Reply 11 months ago

    Such a sad thing, not being able to eat garlic. Glad the scapes work for you. Scape pesto is a must try if you have fresh ones. I've never made it with frozen ones but I would think they would work as well. I never thought of selling them mail order. Are they just zip locked and put in an envelope?

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    Rowida gamal
    Rowida gamal

    11 months ago

    That sounds good. : D

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    DanPro
    DanPro

    Reply 11 months ago

    Garlic makes everything good!

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    DanPro
    DanPro

    Reply 11 months ago

    Thank you.

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    jessyratfink
    jessyratfink

    11 months ago

    Daaaang the scape pesto sounds really good! :D

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    DanPro
    DanPro

    Reply 11 months ago

    We're hooked on it!