Getting excited about ramp season is soooo 2 years ago. But the fun thing about ramps is that they are gone before you get sick of them. Also their lightly garlicky flavor, their bright green color and general versatility are a bonus.
Since they are available for a limited time, ramps tend to be pricier than your average allium. So we have to make them last and we have to make sure their flavor is amplified. Enter pesto. By making these little beauties into pesto we can have them on all kinds of things all week, on pasta, over veggies, in salad dressing, with scrambled eggs, on grilled fish or meat. Or you can serve it up as I did today, over some fresh ricotta on crunchy toast.
If you aren’t familiar with ramps, they are a type of wild leek that peek out of the ground early in the spring for a very short time. They have a similar flavor to green garlic or garlic scapes so if they don’t have ramps where you live, you can substitute with either of those.
If you want to make ricotta toasts as well, give this recipe from Good and Cheap a try.
- 1 bunch ramps
- 1/4 cup almonds
- 1 oz Romano
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste