June 19, 2015

Garlic scape and olive oil cheese pizza

Garlic scape and olive oil cheese pizza cut into pieces.

Garlic scapes are in season and they make the most delicious and colorful garlicky pizza sauce. Grab some at the farmers' market if you can and make this pizza for the garlic lovers out there.

Garlic scapes are the twisty stalks that grow out of hard neck garlic. They have a flower blossom at the end and will eventually bloom if left on the garlic. However, you can cut them off and eat them and they are delicious! 

You can use them as you would garlic cloves in dishes as well. Just mince or chop some up and add them to any recipe where you would be using garlic cloves. They are also great in pasta and stir fries cut into bite-sized pieces and cooked with the other vegetables and protein.

Garlic scapes in a colander and on a cutting board. 

When preparing garlic scapes, cut off any hard or woody ends and remove the flower blossoms. Discard these parts. Then chop the remaining stalks up into pieces.

When making pizza dough, you can use a store bought prepared dough, or you can make a homemade dough. Since having a sourdough starter, I've been making crust with sourdough discard most of the time. I also make a regular yeast crust at times. 

Once the dough is prepared and you blend up the sauce, this pizza comes together easily. I like to keep it simple with just a blend of cheese on top to really let the garlic flavor shine, but you can add any toppings of your choice. Pepperoni, mushrooms, peppers, herbs, and more would all pair nicely with this garlic scape and olive oil pizza sauce.  

To make a delicious pizza at home, I like to use a pizza stone and a very hot oven. Baking sheet pans also work, but I find the pizza stone helps to get the bottom crispy. The hot oven helps to cook the pizza like a restaurant pizza oven and gets the cheese nice and golden.

Spreading garlic scape and olive oil sauce onto pizza dough.

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Yield: one 12-inch pizza (4-6 servings)
Author: Amy (Savory Moments)
Garlic Scape and Olive Oil Cheese Pizza

Garlic Scape and Olive Oil Cheese Pizza

Garlic scapes are in season and they make the most delicious and colorful garlicky pizza sauce. Grab some at the farmers' market if you can and make this pizza for the garlic lovers out there.


  • prepared pizza dough
  • about 2 cups roughly chopped garlic scapes
  • cornmeal, for dusting
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves, or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • about 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 oz. mozzarella, grated
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese


To make the sauce
  1. Place the chopped garlic scapes, oregano, and a good pinch of both salt and pepper in your food processor or belnder.
  2. Begin to pulse until the scapes start to break down into small pieces. Start to slowly drizzle in the oil while the processor is running. Stop when the sauce is smooth and spreadable.
  3. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
To make the pizza
  1. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Lightly dust a pizza stone (or baking sheet) with cornmeal.
  2. Roll out your dough to fit your stone/pan and gently transfer the dough to the stone/pan. Spread the garlic scape sauce onto the pizza, leaving about a 1/2-inch crust along the edge. Top with both cheeses.
  3. Bake on the bottom rack of the oven for about 10-13 minutes, until the crust is golden and the cheese is golden.
  4. Let the pizza cool for a few minutes before slicing and eating.

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  1. Very interesting idea. Looks almost like you have pesto on the pizza. And who doesn't like garlic? :-)

  2. That's a fantastic pizza, Amy. Totally love that garlic scape sauce.

  3. I can never get enough pizza recipes. This sounds amazing!!

  4. That's one mighty fine looking pizza. I think I'd make it for date night anyway. He'll have as much as I do and then we won't care. :)

  5. What a mouthwatering pizza!!! I do something similar with pesto but I would bet the that garlic scape puts that to shame! PINNED!

  6. Hi Amy, this looks delicious, last year I bought garlic scapes and used them like you would for a flower arrangement as I did not know what to do with them, Love this........

  7. Love this garlic scape pesto. Great on pizza, I'm sure, but I can think of a ton of uses for it.

  8. The garlic scape pesto sounds amazing! What a fancy pizza!

  9. That! That pizza is my dream pizza! I love garlic scapes! So perfect! I will definitely be making this! P~

  10. Major kudos to you for working with an ingredient as unique as garlic scapes. This is my kind of pizza since it doesn't have tomato sauce.

  11. ooh this looks great! I love homemade pizza! I can't have garlic but I sure love it and miss it on my pizza. Love the idea of pesto on pizza, I've never tried it!

  12. That is one delicious looking pizza! I've never used garlic scapes, but I'd sure love to try.


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