One taste of this wonderful Spanish Romesco Sauce and you will be blown away by the explosion of flavors and the smooth, silky texture of this rustic all-purpose sauce. This is Spain’s flagship sauce that originated in Catalonia and is loved all throughout Spain.
There are many versions of this savory romesco sauce. Competitions are held in Spain for the best one as each contestant puts their own spin on it and considers theirs ‘The Best!’ And when the calcots are in season they celebrate with a Calçotada Festival of grilled calcots dipped in this luscious romesco sauce.
Spanish Romesco Sauce is Spain’s version of Italy’s marinara sauce and it is a welcome alternative. This savory sauce gets it’s vibrant color from the roasted tomatoes and sweet peppers while the toasted Marcona almonds give it a rich creaminess.
Romesco sauce is a super-flavorful sauce made with sweet red peppers, tomatoes, mild chilies, garlic, and onions. But the one ingredient that is key to this flavorful sauce is the smoked paprika! It really puts the Wow! in this sauce!
We used a combination of red bell peppers and those lovely long, sweet Italian red peppers. The Italian red peppers are currently in season and we have stocked our fridge with them. They are also known as sweet Italian grilling peppers and we have been enjoying them grilled. See our post here. They have the same flavor profile as a sweet red bell pepper.
Spanish restaurants are appearing more frequently in America’s cities, with tapas bars where you can make an entire meal of many small plates of their cuisine. Recently, we visited the Spanish restaurant, Toro Bravo, in Portland, Oregon and spent a memorable two-hour dinner enjoying tapas of every type. They served this vibrant-colored Romesco sauce with grilled octopus and we were hooked!
With the exception of Marcona almonds, we are willing to bet that most of the ingredients are right there in your pantry. Marcona almonds are imported to America from Spain in packages and stocked on the nut racks of most supermarkets, but they can be a bit pricey You can also find Marcona almonds in the bulk foods section of some markets and Whole Foods for sure. If you buy just a small amount of them it will not break your grocery budget. They will add a silkiness to the texture of the romesco sauce. Or, just substitute with regular almonds.
Making this incredible tasting romesco sauce couldn’t be easier and it will keep for a week in the refrigerator. After the vegetables are roasted, cooled and peeled they are combined in a food blender and processed with almonds, bread, olive oil and a couple rehydrated and seeded mild chilies. And then! We added the magic of smoky paprika.
Spanish Romesco Sauce is delicious with fish, poultry, meats and vegetables. Serving it on scrambled eggs will transform a breakfast from boring to gourmet! Set out a dish as a dip with slices of thin toasted bread. Toss it with a plate of pasta and chorizo. Slather it on grilled chicken or use it as a marinade. The ideas are endless and always delicious!
You need this Spanish Romesco Sauce in your life!
Serving Size 1 tablespoon
Amount Per ServingCalories 53 Total Fat 5g Saturated Fat 1g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 4g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 82mg Carbohydrates 3g Fiber 1g Sugar 1g Protein 1g
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