Roasted Romesco Sauce

By • August 21, 2010 • 14 Comments



Author Notes: This is a Spanish sauce from the Catalan region that is traditionally stirred into seafood stew. This is my take on the classic with the addition of roasted tomatoes, hazelnut and almond oils, paprika and a bit of dry sherry. I serve it with grilled fish, with crudités and slathered on roast chicken sandwiches. It’s one of my go-to condiments. - cheese1227cheese1227

Food52 Review: With one foot over the fence in the last juicy bits of summer and the other securely planted in the roasted warmth that we begin to crave in autumn, cheese1227’s aptly-crafted romesco sauce is sure to please everyone during this transitional time of year. The brightness of the tomatoes and bell peppers round out nicely with the mellow spiciness of the poblanos and roasted garlic, and the toasted nuts and handmade croutons contribute to a lovely texture that is perfectly suited for slathering, smearing, tossing, dipping... We loved it on grilled manchego panini and atop sautéed shrimp and linguini. This recipe makes quite a lot, which is a good thing, because the ways to enjoy it are endless. - Jennifer AnnA&M

Makes two cups

  • Two large beefsteak tomatoes, cored
  • Two large red bell peppers
  • 2 poblano peppers (you can use any chili which hits between 1000-2000 on the Scoville scale http://ushotstuff.com/Heat.Scale.htm , such as Rocotilla, Passila, Mulato or Ancho you just want a bit of heat)
  • 1 head of garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • One one-inch thick slice of good white bread, cut in cubes
  • ¼ cup almonds, blanched (whole, halved or slivered all work)
  • ¼ cup hazelnuts, peeled
  • ½ teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika
  • ¼ cup oil (I use a mixture of hazelnut and almond oil because I happened to have them, but olive oil works well too.)
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dry sherry
  • 2-4 tablespoons water (if needed to thin the sauce)
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste
  1. Set oven to 300 degrees. (I use the convection roast setting as it speeds things along.)
  2. Cut the top off the garlic bulb. Brush it with oil, wrap in foil and roast until the garlic is soft.
  3. Line a jelly roll pan with tin foil. Place the tomato halves cut side up, rub with olive oil. Roast until the tomatoes are roasted enough so that they slip out of their skins. That will take 30-40 minutes. Employ your favorite method for roasting the peppers so they can be peeled. I hold them over a gas flame until charred, then place them in a bowl covered with plastic wrap for 30 minutes. (Or in a pinch I open a jar and grab two already peeled ones!)
  4. In a dry skillet, lightly toast the almonds and the hazelnuts. Set aside to cool.
  5. Pour one tablespoon of olive oil into skillet and put over medium high heat. When oil is hot add bread cubes and sauté them until golden. Remove from pan and set aside to cool.
  6. When the roasted vegetables are cool enough to handle, slip them all out of their skins and into a food processor. Add the cooled nuts, bread and paprika. Process until you have a smooth paste. Then pour in the oils, vinegar and sherry. Add water if the mixture is too thick. You want it thin enough to slide off a spoon.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to your taste. Sauce will keep refrigerated for about a week.
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over 2 years ago Camila McHugh

When do you add in the roasted garlic??

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over 2 years ago Camila McHugh

When do you add in the roasted garlic??

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over 2 years ago Camila McHugh

When do you add in the roasted garlic??

Christine-28_small(1)

over 2 years ago cheese1227

I include them in the "roasted vegetables" label in Step 6.

My_love-1

almost 4 years ago Table9

This would be great over a stuffed red bell pepper!

Christine-28_small(1)

almost 4 years ago cheese1227

That would be a great pairing. If you wanted a spicier, more raw version, checkout pierono's firey version.

My_love-1

almost 4 years ago Table9

Thanks for the suggestion!

Zester_003

about 4 years ago pierino

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

In fact I have my own romesco in this competition, but good luck nonetheless!. I agree with you on the heat factor. But I think you can go as high as 10,000 Scovilles without harming it too much. It really is not a "hot" sauce. When you get up to the 40,000 level you are in trouble. It's not Sriracha.

Christine-28_small(1)

about 4 years ago cheese1227

I could see adding chilis that hot if you were running with a romesco with raw ingredients. But I think with the roasted variety, you're going for a more subtle, sweeter sauce. I love them both, but they are almost different sauces. Good luck to you as well!

Monkeys

about 4 years ago monkeymom

This looks awesome cheese1227. I'm so looking forward to trying this. Is it okay to use just almonds or do you think the hazelnuts are a must?

Christine-28_small(1)

about 4 years ago cheese1227

They are not a must, but they make it more interesting. By definition, you only need garlic, roasted red peppers and almonds.

Christine-28_small(1)

about 4 years ago cheese1227

I am having so much delight eating the batch I made to make sure my recipe was one!! Last night with bread and cheese. Tonight with roasted potatoes.

Stringio

about 4 years ago testkitchenette

I'm with drbabs on this. I love romesco so much! I've even used it as a sauce in lieu of marinara on a pizza.

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about 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Love!