Naan Flatbread with Ramp Pesto

It's ramp season! We picked up a small bunch at a Farmer's Market two weeks ago and purchased 1/2 a pound at a local ramp festival yesterday.  Ramps (also known as rampson or wild leeks) are a wild herb which grows in the Eastern US and Canada. They are available in the spring for a short period of time which lends to their popularity. Ramps have a rich onion and garlic flavor.

We purchased most of the ingredients for these flatbreads at Trader Joe's during our monthly stock-up. The closest one is 40 minutes away from us but they always have such a good variety of vegetarian items. The naan and the mini heirloom tomatoes both came from TJ's but if you cannot find these ingredients you can substitute them for something similar. We had a friend over for dinner and made three flatbreads but you could easily increase the recipe to make four.

All of us enjoyed this flatbread -- the naan make a nice vehicle for flatbread and allows for individualized portions. The fresh mozzarella and the alfredo sauce provided a richness that helped cut through the aggressive flavor in the ramp pesto.

A Vegetarian & Cooking original. 

-3 pieces of naan
-1 cup light alfredo sauce
-1/2 pint mini heirloom tomatoes, halved
-8 ounces fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
-6 tablespoons ramp pesto*
-Pea greens, for garnish

Ramp Pesto*
-6 ounces ramps
-1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
-1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
-1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
-1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Before making the flatbread make the ramp pesto by combining the ramps, parmesan cheese, lemon zest and olive oil in a food processor. Process until smooth.

Preheat the oven to 350°. Top each piece of naan with 1/3 cup light alfredo sauce, 1/3 of the sliced mozzarella, and as many halved mini heirloom tomatoes as each person would like. Dollop two tablespoons of ramp pesto onto each naan flatbread. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes and then broil for 2 minutes.

Top with pea greens (or another microgreen) and serve immediately. 


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