I don’t typically post two recipes in a row, but I couldn’t wait to share this one. You are going to go crazy for this delicious ramps pesto recipe.
First, what the heck is a ramp?
Ramps are a wild spring onion with thicker leaves, and a more aggressive, garlic-y flavor. I strongly urge you not to eat these things on any type of first date. You can add them to a stir fry, saute them in butter or even top your pizza. These things are absolutely delicious!
I first learned about ramps through my brother and sister-in-law. They hit the jackpot and found them randomly growing near their house. And that leads me to the one drawback of ramps. They are tricky to find.
It can take up to 3 years for ramps to grow their bulbs, and you have to forage for them as opposed to regular gardening methods people use for most vegetables (regular gardening methods… can you tell that I have absolutely no green thumb?) Philly Eater explains how to forage for ramps. If you don’t see yourself foraging for ramps any time soon, unfortunately, you will be require to pay a pretty penny for these guys at the grocery store.
So, are they worth it? I tend to agree with Serious Eats on this one. They are SO worth it! They are incredible tasty and worth the splurge for their short season once a year.
Delicious Ramps Pesto Recipe
If you stumble upon ramps in your backyard, you may find yourself scrambling to come up with different ways to use them.
My brother and sister-in-law (the ones who found the ramps growing in the wild) gave me the idea to make a ramps pesto. This pesto is incredibly tasty. You can use it to top a pizza, spread it on a sandwich, or add to some pasta.
Pestos are simple to make. Just toss the ingredients into the food processor! You may also find they are an easy to way to get your kids to eat vegetables if you spread it on a favorite sandwich.
- about 2 C ramps, chopped
- 2-3 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 1/2 C freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 1/2 C nuts *I used almond, but pine/walnut/any other nut will work
- 1/2 C extra virgin olive oil
- Add all ingredients into a food processor and blend thoroughly. Refrigerate.