How To Make Romesco Sauce

How To Make Romesco  {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree #vegan

I think a lot of us get caught in a rut when it comes to food. We blanch, grill, or roast the same veggies for dinner each week; we pack the same sandwich, wrap, or salad day after day until we think we could never possibly eat them again. Sound familiar? Well, if you have 15 extra minutes you can jazz up literally every meal you make this week with a little Romesco sauce and all of the sudden those same old dishes become new spectacular ones that tantalize your families taste buds and make you the star of the kitchen.

There are more varieties of Romesco sauce than I can possibly mention here. Some of them have roasted tomatoes while some are spiked with spicy peppers. Others use pine nuts or hazelnuts instead of the almonds I used here and some of them use stale bread to thicken up the sauce. This version simplifies the ingredients and makes creating a sauce like this a simple weeknight affair while offering the same amazing flavor notes as one of the more in depth versions I have seen floating around on the internet.

Let’s get saucy shall we?

Step 1: Toast the almonds:

How To Make Romesco  {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree #vegan

Preheat a large, heavy bottomed pan, over medium heat. Pour the almonds in the pan in a single layer. Toss frequently until fragrant and golden brown, around 5-7 minutes. The darker you toast them the richer the flavor of the Romesco sauce. Just be careful not to burn them! Allow the almonds to cool.

How To Make Romesco  {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree #vegan

Step 2: Pulse the toasted almonds until they are crumbs             

How To Make Romesco  {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree #vegan

Place the toasted almonds in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the “S” blade and pulse into fine crumbs. Be sure not to over process or you will have almond butter.

How To Make Romesco  {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree #vegan

Step 3: Add the remaining ingredients and blend

How To Make Romesco  {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree #vegan

Add minced garlic to the food processor and pulse a few times to incorporate. Add chopped roasted red peppers, olive oil, red wine vinegar, sweet paprika, and salt, to the food processor then puree until smooth. You will need to stop and scrape the sides of the food processor every now and then to ensure that everything has been incorporated and that your sauce isn’t gritty. If your food processor is having a hard time blending the sauce you can add vegetable broth 1 tablespoon at a time until there is enough liquid for the machine to operate properly.

Jazz up your veggies!

  How To Make Romesco {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree #vegan

When veggies like asparagus are in season I tend to overload the dinner table with them. I blanch, roast, or grill at least 3 or 4 bunches a week and add them into everything from frittata’s to rice bowls. Although my family likes asparagus too they enjoy a little swap up every now and then. That is where having a few sauces like Romesco or flavored cashew creams come into play. I simply drizzle the asparagus with whatever sauce I have whipped up that day, or in this case pile it on because Romesco sauce is my favorite, and everyone is happy I get more asparagus and my family gets variety. Everybody wins!

Fun tips:

Use a garlic press if you have one instead of mincing the garlic. It cuts down on prep time and makes the pieces of garlic the perfect size for easy blending.

Want a really smoky Romesco sauce? Use smoked paprika instead of sweet paprika. It really amps up the flavor!

Spread Romesco sauce on your sandwich bread instead of mustard or mayo. It is a total sandwich game changer!

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How To Make Romesco Sauce (Gluten Free & Vegan)

  • Author: Beard And Bonnet
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: approximatley1 1/2-2 cups

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Ingredients

  • ¾ cup slivered raw almonds
  • 2 cloves garlic, passed through a garlic press or finely minced
  • 2 jarred roasted red peppers, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 23 tablespoons ten Free and Vegan)”>vegetable broth, if needed

Instructions

Toast the almonds: Preheat a large, heavy bottomed pan, over medium heat. Pour the slivered raw almonds into the pan in a single layer. Toss frequently until fragrant and golden brown, around 5-7 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely.

Make the sauce: Place the toasted almonds in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the “S” blade and pulse into fine crumbs. Be careful not to over process or you will wind up with almond butter. Add the garlic and pulse until incorporated. Add the chopped roasted red peppers, olive oil, red wine vinegar, sweet paprika, and salt, then puree until smooth. You will need to stop and scrape the sides of the food processor every now and then to ensure that everything has been incorporated. If your food processor is having a hard time blending the sauce add the vegetable broth 1 tablespoon at a time until there is enough liquid for the machine to operate properly.


Notes

This recipe is adapted from one of my all-time favorite cookbooks Isa Does It!

Hungry for more Romesco?! Try my Black Rice, Romesco & Roasted Veggie Bowl!

 Black Rice, Romesco & Roasted Veggie Bowl {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree #vegan

 

 

9 Comments

  1. cheri April 21, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Gorgeous dish, love smoked paprika, I hardly ever use the regular anymore.

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    1. Meg April 21, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      Thanks Cheri! While I like smoked paprika my kids are not fans so I keep sweet paprika on hand at all times, but sometimes I do a 50/50 thing and try to squeak it past them;)

      Reply
  2. Sondi April 23, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Oooh, this looks heavenly! I’ve never had romesco sauce before – it sounds fancy, but it’s obviously so simple to make.

    Reply
    1. Meg April 23, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      Thanks so much Sondi!! It really is SO easy:)

      Reply
  3. Cara April 23, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    I am SO HAPPY to see that your site is back up and running. Now I know what to make for dinner 🙂 Loving this tutorial, ps. Never had Romesco Sauce…about to change that…

    Reply
    1. Meg April 23, 2014 at 7:34 pm

      Yay Cara!! Thank you for taking the time to comment:) Get ready for a total saucy game changer. Romesco is going to blow your mind!

      Reply
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  5. Brittany May 21, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    How long will this keep for? Also, could you throw in some sun dried tomatoes for flavor?

    Reply
    1. Meg May 21, 2015 at 9:02 pm

      I try to use it within 3 or 4 days when I make it, but it will keep for about a week. It’s good on so many things! You could totally throw in some sun dried tomatoes too!

      Reply

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