5 Ingredients or Fewer

Garlicky Creamed Wild Onions

March 23, 2015
5 Ratings
Author Notes

This sauce is a quadruple threat in my book: creamy, aromatic, sweet, and garlicky. It's great on just about anything, but I like to pour it over pasta, meat, or chicken. It's also equally delicious eaten straight out of the pan, all on its own. —Melina Hammer

  • Serves 2
  • 2 bunches wild onions, rinsed and roots trimmed (ramps or scallions also work)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 clove garlic, grated on a microplane
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
In This Recipe
  1. Sauté onions in the butter over medium-high heat until they soften, about 5 to 7 minutes. Use tongs to turn them, making sure all their surfaces get direct contact with the hot pan. (They should retain their bright greenness, but a little char adds depth and texture.)
  2. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, another 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Add cream into pan. There should be a good bit of bubbling upon contact. Give it a good stir, then let the onions cook for a few more minutes, until liquid reduces slightly. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Serve immediately, scraping sides of pan with a rubber spatula to get out all the creamy goodness.

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When she's not writing, cooking, styling, and shooting her forthcoming cookbook - out Spring 2022 with Ten Speed Press - Melina makes food look its best for the New York Times, Eating Well, Edible, and other folks who are passionate about real food. She grows heirloom+native plants and forages wild foods at her Hudson Valley getaway, Catbird Cottage. There, Melina prepares curated menus to guests seeking community, amidst the robust flavors of the seasons.

4 Reviews

flgirl June 20, 2015
This was an amazing recipe...and ohhh that sauce! I want to put it on everything! If I say I licked the pan, well, just don't judge me. Deal?
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Melina H. June 20, 2015
So pleased you enjoyed it! Riiight?? You know my blog is called Licking the Plate for a good reason… :D
epicharis April 18, 2015
I assume this recipe has no comments because everyone who made it fell into a fit of gibbering ecstasy and left their homes to worship the traveling god of garlicky creamed wild onions. I just finished making this and I think it oh never mind I need to sell all my worldly possessions.
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Melina H. April 21, 2015
Thank you so much for this lovely comment. I agree! You made my day.