Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Edible sunshine: Romesco sauce

When the weather is chilly and wet I always crave—in addition to homemade soup, fleece, and ski plans—something RED. I think what I'm missing is tomatoes, which I almost never eat out of season because they are usually so bad. In the summer I eat tomatoes nearly every day—in salads, on sandwiches, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt—so there's a significant hole in my diet this time of year.

One thing that helps fill it is romesco sauce: bright red, zingy taste, made from items almost always in my cupboard.

And it's the most ridiculously versatile condiment. It's delicious to spread on bread. The other night I added it to pannini sandwiches that included grilled eggplant (left over from the eggplant parmesan adaptation from the previous night), fontina cheese, and prosciutto.

A few nights later, off it went to a P.T.A. meeting as a dip for cold shrimp. Last night I was spreading it on bread again and stirring it into my lentil soup. It's not bad with just a spoon either.

2 tablespoon almonds
1 thin slice bread (4 x 3 x 1/4")
1 large garlic clove
1 7-oz. jar roasted red peppers, drained
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoons Sherry wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

If almonds are not already roasted, place them in a small skillet to toast. Add bread slice and toast lightly.

Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender and combine until smooth.
If you think of anything else to do with romesco sauce, let me know. In the meantime, stay warm and dry.


carolyn said...

yum this looks good and your grill marks are so perfect!

notes from the ordinary said...

Cindy I want to come live with you. You cook so well! I would gain 200 pounds, but I wouldn't even care!

Trish said...

Well, look at what I have in my pantry -- two jars of fire-roasted red peppers!

I like the idea of serving it with shrimp. And maybe some bowtie pasta. Maybe the kids will eat it! (Nah.)

Deb said...

I am making some of this over the weekend!


Nantucket Dreams said...

thanks for sharing! i love toms too and miss them all winter!