Romesco (Catalan Roasted Pepper and Almond Sauce)

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Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen

Romesco (Catalan Roasted Pepper And Almond Sauce)
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Roasted red peppers, almonds, hazlenuts and a bit of garlic help create the Catalan sauce known as romesco.
Prep Time
30
minutes
Cook Time
10
minutes
Servings
0
servings
Total time: 40 minutes
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 plum tomatoes, blanched, peeled and seeded 
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • 3 tablespoons almonds, toasted
  • 3 tablespoons skinned hazelnuts, toasted 
  • 1 tablespoon aged sherry vinegar 
  • 2 teaspoons dried chile flakes, preferably Espelette
  • 1 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika (pimentón)
  • 5 red bell peppers, roasted, peeled and seeded
  • Salt, to taste
Directions
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the tomatoes and cook until soft and saucy, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.
  2. In a mortar and pestle or food processor, pound or pulse the garlic into a paste. Add the almonds, hazelnuts, sherry vinegar, chile flakes and smoked paprika and crush into a coarse paste. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil, tomatoes and roasted peppers and continue smashing until a coarse sauce forms. Season with salt. Serve with grilled fish, charred leeks or eggs.  
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