A close cousin of the scallion, ramps are a true delicacy. Their flavor is divine, and they are amazing in a homemade creamy ramp dip recipe.
I look forward to ramp season every spring. When I forage for them, I’m in my happy place. I have written all about how to forage for ramps and where they grow. You can find that article, HERE!
Although they have an unfortunate name, ramps are an en vogue vegetable that appear on hip restaurant menus and garner a high price tag at farmer’s markets. Sometimes called a wild leek, they look like scallions but with larger delicate leaves. They taste stronger than a leek, and are more pungently-garlicky than a scallion.
Look for ramps underneath dense deciduous wooded areas, and they generally grow on north-facing slopes. There are some lookalikes out there such as Lilly of the Valley, so make sure and smell them. If they smell like onion, then you’ve found yourself a ramp. If I were willing to bet, the reason for their popularity is because the season is so short; only from around early April to around mid to late May, depending how north you’re located. As temperatures get warmer, the leaves will turn yellow and die.
These wonderful delicacies make for delicious recipes, and I’ve created a few! For starters, a homemade creamy ramp dip.
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Homemade Creamy Ramp Dip Recipe
Since I haven’t met a chip and dip recipe I didn’t like, and, since French onion dip is my favorite of all time, I thought I would jazz things up a bit and create a creamy ramp dip recipe. And I’m here to tell ya, it might just be the best dip you’ve ever put in your mouth! It is so delicious!
Here’s the recipe!
Creamy Ramp Dip
- 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
- 2 cups sour cream
- 1/3 cup finely chopped ramps about 25-30 ramps
- 1 teaspoon course salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 dashes hot sauce
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- Place all ingredients into the bowl of a food processor.
- Pulse until combined, and cream cheese is incorporated.
Here is another delicious ramp recipe, Homemade Ramp Butter!! You can find the recipe HERE!