Recipe: Ramps Agrodolce

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.