Recipe: Ramps Agrodolce

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Agrodolce is the Italian term for sweet-and-sour, and that's that this is: sautéed ramps or baby leeks, simmered in a mixture of white wine vinegar and honey. It is a great accompaniment to grilled meats or fish.

Serves 4 as a side dish

    • 2 to 3 dozen young ramps or young leeks
    • salt
    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
    • 3 tablespoons honey
    • black pepper for garnish

Clean the ramps or baby leeks and cut off the leaves or green parts; use them for something else. If you are using leeks, boil them for five minutes before proceeding.

Saute the ramps or leeks in the olive oil over medium-high heat until they brown, about five minutes.

Add the honey, vinegar, and some salt and swirl in the pan to combine. Turn the heat down to a simmer and cook until the liquid reduces to a glaze, about another three to five minutes.

Serve hot with some fresh black pepper.

To read about Hank's love affair with his "childhood friend" the ramp, click here.

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A former line cook, veteran political reporter, and fisherman, Hank Shaw is a freelance food writer who runs the website Hunter Angler Gardener Cook, which chronicles Shaw's search for what he calls the Forgotten Feast: The seasonal foods--mostly wild--we once delighted in, but are now curiosities at best. Game, wild mushrooms, seafood, and wild plants all have a place in modern cooking, and Shaw spends his days exploring their possibilities on the plate.

Hunter Angler Gardener Cook was nominated for Best Food Blog by the James Beard Foundation in both 2009 and 2010 and by the International Association of Culinary Professionals in 2010. He is the author of the recently released Hunt, Gather, Cook: Finding the Forgotten Feast. His work has appeared in magazines such as The Art of Eating, Field & Stream, and Gastronomica. He hunts, fishes, forages, and gardens in Northern California with his girlfriend--and photographer--Holly A. Heyser.
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