Ramped Up Crostini with Ricotta and Pea Shoots

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Author Notes: Chopped ramps add crunch, bite and attitude to pristine, fluffy ricotta which is smeared over crostini and topped with a jumble of sweet pea shoots. This simple recipe highlights the freshest ingredients and the contrasting nice and naughty flavors of springtime. If you can't locate ramps in your market, then try substituting spring onions. - TasteFoodTasteFood

Food52 Review: WHO: TasteFood lives in San Francisco and has studied at at Le Cordon Bleu.
WHAT: Springtime crostini with complex flavors that never let on how easy they are to make.
HOW: It's practically just assembly: aromatics -- ramp bulbs, lemon zest, and mint -- are stirred into ricotta that's spooned onto toasted baguette then topped with pea shoots.
WHY WE LOVE IT: You wouldn't think raw ramp bulbs would be appealing, but they are offset so well by the creamy ricotta that FOOD52er Rivka even ate them for breakfast.
The Editors

Serves 8

  • 8 - 1/2" thick slices baguette
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh whole milk ricotta
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped ramps or green garlic, bulbs and stems only (or substitute with the bulb and pale green parts of spring onions)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped mint leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • generous handful pea shoots
  • 1/2 lemon
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Lightly brush bagette slices with olive oil. Arrange on baking sheet. Bake in oven until golden brown on both sides, turning once, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove.
  2. Combine ricotta, 1 tablespoon oil, 1/2 teaspoons salt and black pepper in a bowl; mix well until light and fluffy. Stir in ramps, mint and lemon zest. Spread ricotta on baguette slices.
  3. Top crostini with a generous pinch of pea shoots. Drizzle a little olive oil over crostini, followed by a squeeze of lemon juice. Sprinkle with a few grains of sea salt and black pepper.

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over 2 years ago Ivette Lepe

Nom nom!


over 2 years ago Mignone Vega

Love it!


over 3 years ago Ms. T

There you go again, making my mouth water. What a lovely recipe. Congrats on being a finalist!


over 3 years ago TasteFood

Thank you, everyone, for your comments! Happy Spring!


over 3 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Congratulations TasteFood! This is just the most delicious, springiest thing I could imagine!


over 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

My kind of recipe. Beautiful and delicious! Congrats!


over 3 years ago Shalini

Good choice, A&M. Can't wait to try it. Congratuations TasteFood!


over 3 years ago Midge

I love this. Might have to give it a try with spring onions. Congrats TF!!


over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congrats TF, a beautiful dish. I love the ramps and pea shoots and ricotta. Beautiful!


over 3 years ago meganvt01

Congratulations on your beautiful recipe! I had a strong feeling this would be a finalist :)


over 3 years ago Panfusine

ramps & pea shoots, my current heartthrob faves..! Congrats on the well deserved finalist pick!


over 3 years ago Lizthechef



over 3 years ago dymnyno

Congrats...this is another winner!


over 3 years ago Meatballs&Milkshakes

Beautiful! May try this with my favorite ricotta from Di Palo!


over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Congratulations! Love that you used the ramps raw. When I was a kid we'd find ramps (wild leeks) in the spring, and my grandpa would eat them raw all by themselves.


over 4 years ago Oui, Chef

Yes, please.


over 4 years ago wssmom

Ooooo - can't wait for the ramps to show up in the market!!!! Lovely!


over 4 years ago Lizthechef

A perfect headnote!! And your recipe is one I remember, although I have yet to espy ramps in any SoCAL farmers markets...


over 5 years ago Rivka

Made these crostini this morning for breakfast. A snap to put together and absolutely delicious!


over 5 years ago TasteFood

Now that's an assertive breakfast! I'm happy you liked it!


over 3 years ago Rivka

congrats! well-deserved.