June 19, 2015

Garlic scape and olive oil cheese pizza

Homemade pizza is a staple in our home. We love pizza, and since I started making homemade crusts, it's become a very popular dinner for us. The varieties are endless. Seriously. Pizza is a terrific way to be creative in your toppings and flavor combinations. Also, you can try different crusts like a regular yeast crust (as in this case), sourdough, pan, thin crust, and even pumpkin! We make a lot of seasonal pizzas and this one is no exception. I saw a bunch of lovely garlic scapes at the farmers' market last weekend and had to grab them. I was deciding how to use them and turning them into a pizza sauce stuck in my head. 

This will make one 12-inch pizza. It's not a dish to make for a date night, that's for sure. The garlic flavor from the scapes is very pungent and delicious! If you haven't tried garlic scapes yet, give them a try this spring.

Garlic scape and olive oil cheese pizza
prepared pizza dough
about 2 cups roughly chopped garlic scapes
1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves
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

Place the chopped garlic scapes, oregano, and a good pinch of both salt and pepper in your food processor. 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. You want to get the consistency into a smooth, spreadable paste - not too oily (see below). Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Lightly dust a pizza stone (or baking sheet) with cornmeal.

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.

Bake on the bottom rack of the oven for about 10-13 minutes, until the crust is golden and the cheese is golden. 

Let the pizza cool for a few minutes before slicing and eating. 

What was I cooking one year ago?: strawberry shortcake biscuit cookies
Two years ago?: strawberry-basil ice cream
Three?: spiced lamb & pistachio kofta wraps
Four?: banana & pineapple sage smoothies
5?: roasted cream of mushroom soup


  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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