Ramp season will be winding up here, in Wisconsin, soon. I only got out once, although I might try again this weekend. Luckily, my favorite hunting grounds were over run with ramps so although I only got out once, last weekend, I got quite a haul and am still eating on the ones I grilled last weekend.
While I love ramps in all their forms, my favorite way is grilled. I can then use them in a variety of recipes. Grilling couldn't be easier. I build a fire on 1 side of the grill. After cleaning and removing the roots (the hardest part of hunting and preparing ramps) I place the ramps on the grill with the bulbs directly over the heat while the leaves remain over the cooler part of the grill. I grill them, turning frequently until the bulbs start to soften and char up a little then I place the whole ramps over direct heat to wilt the leaves and give them just a bit of char. Doing it this way I can do large handfuls at a time. The grilled ramps can be used for many thing. One of my favorite ways is just to top hamburgers or steaks with them. Last weekend I chopped up the grilled ramps, let them cool then made a salad of them with fresh, baby spinach, diced tomato, diced hard boiled egg and a traditional mustard vinaigrette. I made the vinaigrette and tossed the grilled ramps in it and let that marinate for about an hour then I tossed in all the other ingredients.
This morning it was simply scrambled eggs with more grilled ramps, diced bacon and swiss cheese. It will probably be what's for breakfast again tomorrow!!!