Ramps aka wild leeks/wild garlic, can be found growing wild in the Northeast and Midwest of Canada and all the way down the U.S., into the Appalachians. if you are lucky, you may find them at a Farmer’s Market in the spring. They are really, really tasty and why cooks wax poetic when they find them in the spring! Sadly they don’t seem to grow on the Southcoast of British Columbia.
Makes 4 – 6 First Course Servings
2 Tbsp. butter
¼ lb. Italian sausages, casings removed
1/8 tsp. red chili flakes (optional)
12 ramps, trimmed; bulbs & slender stems sliced, green tops thinly sliced
1 cup Arborio or Carnaroli rice
½ cup white wine or dry vermouth
3 cups (or more) low salt chicken broth or homemade stock**
¼ cup Parmesan cheese, adding more to suit your taste
Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Add the sausage, cooking until no longer pink, breaking up with a fork, about 5 minutes. Add the sliced ramp bulbs & stems. Sauté until almost tender, approximately 2 minutes. Add the rice & stir 1 minute. Add the wine & cook until it is absorbed. Begin adding the broth 1 cup at a time, simmering & stirring until almost absorbed before the next addition. Cook until the rice is al dente & creamy, approximately 18 minutes. Mix in the green tops of the ramps & the Parmesan, using up to ½ cup cheese. Season to taste with salt & freshly ground black pepper. Serve in bowls, passing additional grated cheese if you wish.
Helpful link to find out more about rice for risotto Good Things to Know. And to Making Stock.
I made this recipe for lunch one day and my fiancé absolutely loved it. He enjoyed it so much he almost ate the whole batch all on his own and asked me why I didn’t make more! Although I didn’t have any ramp and used a regular leek instead, it tasted so good and was so easy to make, definitely making it again.
You are most welcome Lynn! I hope that one day you’ll be able to find some ramps they are so darned good!
Lynn, just to say thanks for visiting my blog and I hope you get to try some of my other recipes!