One recipe I love to make using ramps, is homemade ramp butter. It is such a versatile ingredient and can be made ahead and frozen.
I had been on the hunt for ramps for years. I seemed to have missed the short growing season, (only around two weeks) and I definitely wasn’t looking in the right areas. But then one day, when I was out on a hike, I came across those wild ramps that I had dreamed to find. All of the recipes I could create, with ramps as the star.
So, with my basket in tow, I started to forage. After reading article upon article about everything ramp-y, I carefully cut the stem, leaving the root bulb in the ground so the ramp can regerminate. And with every ramp I placed in my basket, my head was spinning with recipe ideas. One thing for sure, ramp butter was a must. Of course. Make a batch or two of ramp butter, roll it into a log, wrap in plastic wrap and it’s good in the freezer for up to a year. I mean, corn-on-the-cob with ramp butter. Perfectly grilled ribeye or a delicate piece of fish with a pat of ramp butter on top. Heck, you can even add to steamed vegetables and let it melt to utter goodness. Seriously.
Homemade Ramp Butter Recipe
- 20-25 ramps cleaned, roots removed
- 1 pound unsalted butter room temperature
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon course salt
- In a medium sized bowl, add room temperature butter, lemon juice, and salt. Set aside.
- Stack ramps on top of each other and roll up like a cigar.
- Julienne the ramps with a sharp knife. Add to the bowl.
- Mix with an electric mixer until well combined.
- Put ramp butter in a clean jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 10 days, or you can freeze.
- To freeze the ramp butter, lay out a sheet of waxed paper. Scrap ramp butter from bowl onto waxed paper and form into a log. Roll up securing both ends. Now wrap with a layer of plastic wrap. Label and freeze for up to one year.
Want To Know Where Do Ramps Grow?
I’ve written a detailed article, telling you how to forage for ramps and where they grow. You can read all about ramps, HERE!
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