Ramps, also known as wild leeks, are an early spring wild onion. I’m fortunate enough to receive some every year in my earliest CSA boxes. Last week I received two bunches! What riches. They’re pretty mild and slightly garlicy in taste. Last night I made a rustic tart that included some fresh herbed Brebis cheese.
Rustic Ramp Tart
1 large sheet of puff pastry (about 10 x 15). If you’re using Pepperidge Farms puff pastry pinch together 2 sheets.
2 Tbsp. olive oil
4 slices pancetta, sliced into 1/2 inch strips
1 bunch ramps, white and green parts thinly sliced (leeks may be substituted)
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup fresh herbed cheese, such as chevre or brebis
1 cup whole milk ricotta
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 425. Line a cookie sheet with parchment or a Silpat and lay puff pastry sheet on top. Set aside.
Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add pancetta, ramps and garlic and saute for about 5 minutes.
In a mixing bowl, stir together the cheeses. Add the contents of the skillet and mix together, adding salt if necessary.
Spread cheese mixture onto puff pastry cheese, leaving about a 1-inch margin around the edge. Grind black pepper over the surface of the tart. Fold the 1-inch margin over on itself, so you now have a 1/2-inch wide border.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from oven and let sit for at least 5 minutes before slicing. Serve warm or at room temperature.