It was my mom’s birthday this past weekend, so I took it upon myself to explore the farmer’s market that morning to find some culinary inspiration for dinner that night. Strolling through the stalls in Jackson Heights, I found myself drawn to a plastic carton spilling with curly garlic scapes. I had never cooked with scapes before, but before I could second guess myself, I impulsively purchased two big handfuls and was on my way home.
While garlic scapes closely resemble beans or scallions, they’re actually shoots of the garlic plant. As for their taste, they have a milder, sweeter garlic flavor than garlic itself. If you eat it raw, you may get a minor case of garlic breath that lasts until the next morning, but it’s a small price to pay for a unique taste that is only in season for a short time.
Inspired by an episode of the Kimchi Chronicles in which Jean-Georges and Hugh Jackman prepared a delectable kimchi compound butter to slather onto a Wagyu steak, I decided to attempt a compound butter of my own with garlic scapes and lemon thyme to pair with the rib-eye steak my dad was planning to grill on the barbecue.
So how do you make Garlic Scape and Lemon Thyme Compound Butter? Well, lucky for you, I snapped all the steps on Instagram. Here it goes..
Yield: 2 sticks of compound butter
3 Garlic Scapes
2 Sticks of Butter
1 Handful of Lemon Thyme (or Thyme)
Split the butter into two portions and roll it up with a piece of wax or parchment paper, like you would a sushi roll, and twist the ends so it looks like a piece of candy. Stick one into the fridge and let it set for a few hours, and throw the second into the freezer to use in the future.
Take a few slices and eat it with your steak (like I did, above), slather it on toasted bread, or mix it in with a warm potato salad. As we made our way through dinner, each bite was complimented by a burst of garlic scape nibs and thyme – it was awesome!