Chicken, Ramp and Hot Paprika Skewers

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If you are like me, and have used your ramp whites for pickling, then you have a whole bunch of delicious ramp greens to use before too much time passes.  Here is a really simple thing to try that got a great response from Lisl:

Chicken, Ramp and Hot Paprika Skewers
Chicken breasts
Ramp greens
salt
pepper
hot hungarian paprika (or a mix of paprika and chili powder)
olive oil

If you are using wooden skewers, soak them in cold water.

Place chicken breasts between two sheets of plastic wrap on a sturdy surface, and thin them to 1/4 inch or less by banging with the bottom of a heavy sauce pan (cast iron has *so* many uses!).

Cut into slices 1.5 inches thick and about 4 or 5 inches long. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then place a ramp green on top, roll it up, and place on the skewer.  If you end up with some smaller pieces of chicken, just cut them into squares about the same height/width as your rolls, cut up some ramp greens to about the same size, and alternate chicken and ramp green on the skewer, packing together closely.

Sprinkle both sides of the skewer with a little more salt, pepper, and a liberal amount of the hot paprika. Flip and do the same for the other side.  Let rest for 20 minutes or so.

chicken-ramp-skewers-raw

Ideally you will cook these on a hot grill, but in my case my grill is not totally fixed, so I broiled them right up under the heating elements in the oven for just over two minutes a side.

Serve by drizzling e.v. olive oil on top, and with a slight sprinkle of coarse sea or kosher salt.  The ramp flavor really comes through and it all works together nicely. Don’t forget the olive oil at the end!

  • You really have been ramping up your cooking lately haven’t you?

    HA HA HA!!! Sorry. Everyone knows I’m addicted to bad puns.

    Great recipe. I’ve never cooked with hot parpika before. I should try it.

  • kat

    Oh wow what a wonderful way to use the ramp greens! I wish I could get them longer in the year there are so many things I want to try with them.

  • I still haven’t tried ramps. This looks like a good way to get started.

  • Still haven’t done the ramp thing….and spring is almost gone.
    But……I have made at least 5 kabob, spiedini, skewer recipes this week to post! Summer is almost here!
    Enjoy your weekend and happy Mothers Day to the new mommy!

  • I am dying to find ramps! That dish looks awesome! If I do find them before they go out of season, I am DEFINITELY trying this!

  • Hey Giff, it was nice to meet you too….

  • Now that I have loads of pimenton, I would love to try those with a Basque touch instead of a Hungarian one 🙂 Why is it that now, I’m out of ramps!
    Grmpf.

  • liz

    You are really using your ramps to the fullest, aren’t you – well done! I felt almost criminal casting off my greens when i made my pickles. Next time I’ll follow your lead.