Certain foods just go together. Foods like…
Peanut butter and chocolate
Tacos and margaritas
Zinfandel and grilled steak
Mashed potatoes and gravy
Pizza and beer
Chips and guacamole
Coffee and donuts
Today I present another combination: garlic scapes and bacon. This is not so much a recipe as two things combining to create magic.
Speaking of two things combining to create magic, yesterday was my four-year wedding anniversary to Mr. Rache.
Over the course of these years, we’ve laughed a lot, cried a little, moved a zillion times, stressed out (me), taken everything in stride (Mr. Rache), and kept the magic alive by learning from each other. But most importantly, we just go well together.
Much like garlic scapes and bacon. Garlic scapes are the flower stalks or stems of hard neck garlic plants. They are curvy, whimsical, and delicious alone, but magical when combined with savory bacon.
Garlic Scapes Wrapped in Bacon
(Alternate Title: How to Keep the Magic Alive in a Marriage)
6 (or as many garlic scapes and bacon pieces you can get your hands on- the more the merrier) eight-inch, tender pieces of garlic scapes
6 pieces good quality, local bacon (or your favorite kind – when I can’t get local bacon, I buy Applegate)
Tightly wrap each scape with one piece of bacon, spiraling down the scape as you go.
When all the scapes have been wrapped, heat a heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the scapes and cook until the bacon browns on one side. Turn them. Cover the pan with a lid (this helps the scapes to cook through). Remove the lid as needed, turning the scapes until each side is browned.
Remove the scapes and drain on a paper towel. Serve immediately.