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These little spring savories have my tastebuds wrapped around their garlicy-oniony little bulbs. It only takes a few of them sauteed up in a bit of butter and set atop a Breton Gluten Free cracker with a dollop of pillow-y goat cheese whip to create an appetizer that I would gladly turn into a full meal.
Note: If ramps are not available to you, green onions, onions, and/or garlic are a wonderful substitute and the ingredients I use most often–no need to have fancy ingredients on hand!
Heck, what am I saying … I have. Totally. Made a full meal of these “appetizers”. Hey I threw a bit of fresh dill on top, that counts as greens in my book. The book of — I want to eat these little crackers every. single. day.! and bonus… the Breton Gluten-free original with flax are made with arrowroot and green lentil flours, certified Gluten-free, and delicious!
As I was spreading the goat cheese whip on the crackers, I was struck by how much they looked like little cookies with frosting. I wasn’t the only one, it seems, Katie came in and saw them and said …. “oooh, what are those?!?”. That, in teenage speak, is about as close as it gets to “That looks Delicious!” cause, you know, complimenting Mom isn’t so cool these days.
Crackers with pillows of goat cheese spread on top win the prize for cuteness and teenage approval.
The following is what I use often to create a soft whipped goat cheese. I always have crumbled goat cheese on hand so have figured out the best way to create a soft whipped product from that. Other soft cheeses would work equally well, simply add additional milk or oil if needed.
Goat Cheese Whip:
- Goat Cheese crumbles (4 oz container)
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- salt & pepper
- Put all the ingredients in a food processor and process until well blended.
- Add additional oil or milk, if needed.
It will be tempting to overdo the amount of ramps you put on the crackers but refrain. Just say no. Those little guys pack alot of flavor for such a small size and you will quickly overwhelm your guests (or yourself) with garlic and onion flavors. Just a small amount is all you need.
Adding a drizzle of local honey and a bit of fresh dill is the icing on the cake, so to speak. I am a giant fan of the sweetness of honey, tang of goat cheese, and flavor of ramps all on one little bite.
I’ll be eating this all summer long. No, that’s not true, ramps are only in season for a short time in the spring. But, when ramps are no longer in season I’ll sub them out for a bit of garlic and onion.
How to prepare Ramp & Goat Cheese Whip Appetizers:
- Saute ramps in a bit of butter, allowing the butter to brown. Ramps should be soft when cooked properly. Remember, you can use onions and garlic if ramps aren’t available to you.
- Prepare goat cheese whip.
- Spread goat cheese whip on Breton crackers.
- Add a small spoonful of sauteed ramps.
- Top with a drizzle of honey and fresh dill.
How to clean ramps:
- Cut the bulb from the greens.
- Cut the roots off the bulb.
- Use your fingers to pull off the slimy layer that is on the bulbs.
- Plunge the bulbs into cold water repeatedly until clean.
- If using the greens, rinse repeatedly in cold water until clean. Dry well.
Note: I prefer to treat the bulbs and greens separately but there are many that cook the plant as a whole, removing only the roots. For the purposes of these cracker appetizers, you only need the bulbs.
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