ShRamp Tacos

Ahh ramp season. Such a short period of time, and these little guys are popping up in every restaurant in town. I got really excited about the #rampstagram hashtag on Instagram… until I realized that it was mostly used by discount ramp (as in let’s take the ramp, not the stairs) companies… oh well.

Since I’ve been on a major taco kick recently (maybe because I have a mild obsession with Salvation Taco‘s tasty bites), I wanted to find some way to make a ramp taco, and what better protein to add than shrimp!

As some of you may know, I’m not really a seafood expert, but I’m definitely improving! I didn’t even have to sit these shrimp down for a chat like last time.

So here you have a delightful recipe for shrimp tacos with lime mayo, blackened ramps, and ramp chimichurri. What could be better!

For 4 small tacos you will need:

1/2 lb shrimp, shelled & deveined (mine were about 26pp)
4 corn tortillas
Lime mayo (easy recipe from Bon Appetit here!)
3 bunches ramps (about 10-12 ramps per bunch), washed & roots removed
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp adobo sauce (from a can of chipotles in adobo)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
Juice of one lime
1 clove garlic
Salt + pepper to taste

Get your broiler going (or grill!).

Next, get your shrimp soaking in some deliciousness. Melt the butter in a large bowl, add the adobo sauce, lime juice and some s+p and toss in the shrimp. Set aside.

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Make the ramp chimichurri — blend together 1 bunch of ramps (sliced into smaller pieces) 1/4 cup olive oil, one clove of garlic, 1 tbsp red wine vinegar in the food processor or in a small bowl with an immersion blender. Add salt & pepper to taste and set aside.

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Now for the blackened ramps! lay the two remaining bunches of ramps out on a small sheet pan, drizzle with olive oil and season with a bit of salt & pepper. Broil them for about 3-4 minutes or until thoroughly blackened.

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Next for the shrimp! Pop them on long skewers (or just lay them out on a small sheet pan) and broil for 4-5 minutes or until cooked through.

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Now to assemble! Heat up the tortillas in the microwave for about 15 seconds so they are nice and pliable, spread each with some lime mayo, top with ramps, then 3-4 shrimp, and a drizzle of ramp chimichurri.

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Mmmm tastes like springtime!

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