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Our Not Romesco, Romesco

10 minutes prep
30 minutes active cooking
40 minutes total

Makes 6 - 8 servings

No matter what you call it, it’s delicious.

Fishers in Tarragona, south of Barcelona along Spain’s Mediterranean coast, make a sauce of roasted tomatoes thickened with almonds to eat with seafood, and it often includes the dried version of the local nyora pepper. That’s romesco. So my romesco-inspired condiment is just roasted pepper and almond sauce. No matter what you call it, it’s delicious.

What you'll need

Ingredients

For the shopping list

1 pound of

Mini Sweet Peppers

1 cup of

Whole Almonds (try with hazelnuts!)

2-3 cloves of

Garlic

From our shop

$18 - Sicily - Italy

$10 - Extremadura - Spain

Smoked Pimentón Paprika

$38 - Napa - California

Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc Vinegar

$7 - Olhão - Portugal

Fine Sea Salt

Equipment

From the kitchen

1

Chef Knife

1

Sheet Pan

1

Food Processor or Blender

1

Spatula

Measuring Spoons

"Eat it with meat, chicken, seafood, or vegetables, use it as a dip, or just go at it with a spoon."

~ Jim Dixon, founder Wellspent and Real Good Food

What you'll have to do

Step 1

While I’ve blackened and peeled dozens of red bell peppers to make this sauce, these days I take a simpler approach. Start with a 1 lb bag of mini sweet peppers. Spread them on a sheet pan, roast at 350F for about 30 minutes, and pull off the stems when they’re cool enough to handle.

Step 2

Sometimes I’ll roast the almonds for a few minutes, but I often use them raw. Use a food processor to chop about a cup of whole almonds along with 2 or 3 cloves of garlic into a coarse meal.

Step 3

Add the peppers, about a quarter cup of extra virgin olive oil, a few pinches of sea salt, a shake of Burlap & Barrel pimentón smoked paprika and about 2 tablespoons of Katz Sauvignon blanc vinegar.

Step 4

Process until you get a smooth paste, tasting and adding more olive oil, vinegar, and salt if needed. I like my romesco-adjacent sauce a little thick, more like a dip.

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Salt, Herbs, & Spices

Smoked Pimentón Paprika

Burlap & BarrelExtremadura - Spain
$10
Madre Terra
Olive Oil

Madre Terra

Madre TerraSicily - Italy
$18
Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc Vinegar
Vinegar

Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc Vinegar

KatzNapa - California
$38
Fine Sea Salt
Salt, Herbs, & Spices

Fine Sea Salt

NectonOlhão - Portugal
$7

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