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10+ Things You Can Do With Ramps

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I grew up in New England, and have only lived anywhere else for about 5 years. You would think I would have eaten ramps before in my life. Especially at Girl Scout camp, where I tried fiddleheads a few times. But no, I wait until I move to Florida, where they don’t grow, to decide I would like to try them. Of course, for a long, long time, I did not eat leeks, onions, scallions, any of those things. Thank God my tastes have changed.

So, anyway, it’s ramp season, but they do not grow in Miami. So, I mail-ordered some from Earthy Delights. I’m sorry, I know it wasn’t very locavore of me. But they are healthy! They have vitamins C and A, iron, fiber, and all those nice anti-cancer sulfur compounds.

This month’s Bon Appétit had some great recipes. I found a few other great recipes, and I made one up – Gnudi with Tomato, Pea, and Ramp Sauce. So I thought I would share them with you.

Ramps and Buttermilk Biscuits with Cracked Coriander

Ramp and Sausage Risotto

Scrambled Eggs with Ramps, Morels, and Asparagus

Seared Salmon with Linguine and Ramp Pesto

Babbo’s Spaghetti with Ramps

Gnocchi with ramps, mushrooms and shaved parmesan

Ramp White Pizza I will tell you more about this one tomorrow, since I plan to make it for dinner tomorrow night.

Ramp Compound Butter This sounds so amazing, I have to make it with whatever is left over after the pizza! (Updated: This was amazing!)

Updated: Chez Us posted a fabulous recipe for steak with morels and ramps that I simply must try. At least morels I don’t have to mail order.

Gourmet’s Spaghetti with Ramps We had this for dinner tonight. It was good, but not mind-blowing. Very pretty, though. The ramps turned a brilliant green, and the sauce is like a pesto. We added asparagus and skipped the breadcrumb topping.

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Here are 5 more things you can do with ramps:

  1. Grill them. Coat them with oil and grill until soft and browned.
  2. Saute them in olive oil and add to pasta or eggs
  3. Roast whole ramps rubbed with olive oil at 425 until soft.
  4. Puree sauteed or poached ramps, add to potato or egg salad
  5. Marinate simmered ramps in champagne vinegar and olive oil over night

Gnudi with Tomatos, Peas, and Ramps
Serves 4 for appetizers, 2 for dinner

The sauce is mine, but the gnudi recipe is from zencancook.com. I don’t have a picture of the completed dish (embarrassingly blurred), but here are some pictures of the gnudi:

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Gnudi

1 lb fresh ricotta (the regular grocery store ricotta will not work)
1/4 cup freshly grated parmigiana cheese
juice of 1/2 lemon
2 tsp nutmeg (preferably freshly ground)
salt and pepper to taste
3 cups semolina

Mix the ricotta, parmigiana, lemon juice, and nutmeg together well in a bowl. Salt and pepper to taste.
Place 1/3 of the semolina in a cake pan.
Using a pastry bag and a large straight tip, pipe dollops of batter onto the semolina, about 1 tbsp each.
When all batter has been piped, cover the gnudi with the remainder of the semolina, and put the cake pan, uncovered, into the refrigerator.
Wait. It may take 1 day, it may take 3 days, until the gnudi are dry enough to cook. They have to be firm to the touch, with a thick skin on the outside. They won’t deform easily when they are ready.
If you do not wait long enough, the gnudi will fall apart as soon as you cook them.
When they are dry enough, carefully remove them from their blanket of semolina and round them slightly. Cover and keep in refrigerator until ready to cook. Reserve the semolina for the next time you make them.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Turn down the heat a bit, so it is just rolling. Cook about 6 gnudi at a time, for no more than 2 minutes (they will start to float up from the bottom), and remove them from the water with a slotted spoon. Drain well and place in serving plate. Add sauce. Sprinkle with more grated cheese.

Tomato, Pea, and Ramp Sauce

1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white wine
5-6 fresh sage leaves
1 slice bacon, chopped into 1 inch pieces
1 large tomato, chopped
1 cup fresh peas
4 oz of ramps, cleaned thoroughly, stems separated from tops

Heat the olive oil over medium heat.
Fry the sage leaves until crispy.
Add the bacon pieces and fry until soft but not crisp.
Add the tomato, peas, and wine. Saute until the peas begin to soften.
Add the ramps at the end, and saute just until soft.
Serve over gnudi with grated cheese, salt, and pepper to taste.

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6 Comments

  1. 8chocolate  •  Apr 24, 2009 @10:14 am

    You have educated me today. I had no idea what ramps were.

    I had also never heard of Gnudi’s. I must lead a sheltered life! They look really good although they take some time and work. It’s times like this that I wish I had a personal chef like Oprah.

  2. Sophie  •  Apr 24, 2009 @3:58 pm

    MMMMM…Ramps! I have bought this vegetable before in my food health shop. I love its lovely & apart taste! Thanks for this interesting & good info on them! Love the recipes too, Carolyn!! Yum!

  3. OysterCulture  •  Apr 24, 2009 @9:51 pm

    Wow, your recipe looks fantastic. I’ve now got to see if I can get ramps from the farmers market because your pics look so good. Thanks for sharing.

  4. lisaiscooking  •  Apr 26, 2009 @9:19 am

    I’ve never tried ramps, but I’d love to. Your gnudi look incredible, and the sauce sounds great!

  5. Sophia  •  Apr 26, 2009 @10:35 am

    truthfully, I’ve never heard of ramps until I stumbled upon your blog. thank you for the education! I’ll be on the look-out for these now!

  6. Chez Us  •  Apr 29, 2009 @12:14 am

    I am loving Ramps! What a fantastic fun addition to anyone kitchen. Your pasta dishes look great and I cannot wait to try out these other options!! Thanks for a great post!

    Chez Us’s last blog post..Morel and Ramp Risotto with Ramp Pesto: How to make Risotto easy

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