RE: Cosby Tennessee Ramp Festival
Mr Hoffman---and Redtressed---try this with any good red meat---i like it esp with venison
This casserole is a perfect side dish for red meat. Try serving it for Easter dinner with a leg of lamb. The cheese, butter, and cream moderate the flavor of the ramps, mellowing them just a bit for a great vegetable dish that everyone will enjoy.
* 8 medium bunches ramps, diced into 1-inch pieces
* 2 minced garlic cloves
* 3 tablespoons butter (unsalted)
* ¼ cup heavy cream
* ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
* 1-tablespoon olive oil
* 2 cups fresh breadcrumbs
In a skillet, cook the ramps and garlic in butter over moderate heat until they're tender. This should take about 20 minutes. Stir in the cream and ¼ cup of Parmesan and transfer to a baking dish.
In the same skillet, heat the oil over medium high heat until it is hot but not yet smoking. Sauté the breadcrumbs, stirring constantly until they reach a golden brown color. This should take about 3 minutes.
Transfer the breadcrumbs to a bowl and allow them to cool. Add the remaining Parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper.
Top the casserole with the breadcrumb mixture and bake, uncovered, in a 350-degree oven, for about 20 minutes. This should serve 6 to 8 people.