Cooking with Ramps

 You really have to like ramps to work with them because they are covered in mud.  I spent almost 2 hours cleaning 1 pound of ramps.

 Mud can hide in the area where the green meats the white so they have to be rinsed thoroughly.

 One recipe I made with them was a rustic ramp quiche.  You just make your favorite quiche crust, roll it in a rough circle and roll the edges.

 Chop the green part of the ramp and press it into the crust.

Mix some egg, cream, diced ramps and salt and pepper.  Spread it over the crust and sprinkle with Parmesan and mozzarella cheese.
Bake for about 1/2 hour at 400 degrees.
It should be deep golden and crisp on the bottom.
 Next up I made shrimp and grits with ramps.  I made stone ground grits using ramp butter.

 I added grated Double Gloucester cheese to the grits.

 I pan fried the white parts of the ramps until they were crisp.

 And pan fried the green part until they browned.

 I sauteed some shrimp with some bacon, diced red pepper, Cajun seasoning and salt and pepper and served them over the grits topped with the ramps.

This was brunch for The Blog Tech and his fiance last Sunday.


Cottage Tails said…
We don't have ramps here in New Zealand. Sounds like we are really deprived.
Anonymous said…
I haven't eaten yet and this really made me hungry!

Have a great day!

Susan said…
I hope there are leftovers (doubtful) because I'm on my way over!
Mary Ann said…
I don't eat seafood (with only a few exceptions)... but I would try that quiche!
Guillaume said…
I think in French it is what we call aïl des bois.
Anonymous said…
you sure do those Ramps proud!
I'm dying here because our Cajun Night was canceled by our favorite eatery. So this dish of yours looks absolutely DIVINE. I can smell it, taste it. I must be dreaming. This was exactly what I needed tonight. YUM.
Tikkun said…
You "just" make your favorite quiche crust? You make it all sound so easy :).

Yum! Shrimp and grits with ramps!
Kay said…
You've written about ramps before and I'm quite curious about it. I've never seen it in Hawaii. I can imagine how good it must be though.