garlic scape pizzaGarlic Scape Pizza

Makes one 12-inch pizza

6 to 8 green garlic scapes with stems
½ medium onion
½ red bell pepper
½ yellow bell pepper
1 tablespoon butter
3 to 4 cloves garlic, chopped
3 to 4 ounces (about ½ cup) tomato paste
1 (12-inch) prepared pizza crust (see Suggestions below)
½ cup grated mozzarella cheese
3 ounces spinach
½ cup grated Cheddar cheese
5-inch stick pepperoni, thinly sliced
10 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2. Slice the garlic scapes, onions, and peppers into small pieces. Put them into a medium sauté pan along with the butter and garlic. Cook until tender, and set aside to cool.

3. Spread the tomato paste over the pizza crust, and sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese.

4. Make a bed of spinach over the mozzarella cheese. Cover the spinach with the sautéed vegetables, and sprinkle the Cheddar cheese on top. Add the pepperoni slices and top with the cherry tomatoes. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the top of the pizza.

5. Bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes.

Suggestions, Substitutions, and Additions:

• Buy prepared pizza crust or make your own.

• Use garlic scapes that are as young as possible and include the stems.

• Add hot pepper flakes while sautéing the vegetables.

• Use about 1 pound of hot Italian sausage cooked to a crisp in a skillet in place of the pepperoni, or go meatless.

• Any of the topping ingredients may be increased or decreased, depending on taste.

David Sutton, The Garlic Store, Fort Collins, Colorado, as appears in Bounty from the Box: The CSA Farm Cookbook, by Mi Ae Lipe