Well, after reading about ramps for years, and never tasting them, I’m finally on the ramps bandwagon. If you’ve never eaten them, your time is running short this year because the season is almost over. If you’re lucky you’ll live near a farmer’s market that sells them. But if you’re even luckier, you’ll have a friend who gives you some, like the ones I got from my neighbor Insung, who got hers from a friend who picked them in New York’s Catskills Mountains. They grow wild in many places across the Eastern U.S. and Canada, from Nova Scotia to the the American South, including Richwood, West Virginia, a town that just celebrated its 76th annual Ramp Feed, or Feast of the Rampsome, as the locals call it.
printable recipe here
1 bunch ramps (about 20 stalks)
1 small bunch spinach (about 1/2 cup packed hard)
1 cup toasted walnuts
2/3 cup olive oil
sea salt, white pepper to taste
3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
Blanch the ramps and dry them on paper towels. (optional, but the color will stay brighter if you do this step.) Put
everything except parmesan cheese in a food processor and keep pulsing
until you have a creamy mixture. Add more olive oil if needed to make it looser. Mix in
the cheese later if you’re planning to freeze, otherwise, stir in the cheese and serve – over pasta, on bread toasts, with grilled fish or chicken.