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Romesco Sauce

This Spanish-originated sauce has a wonderful texture thanks to the almonds and toast crumbs. Sounds weird I know, but it is a wonderful combination, and tastes delicious when used as a pasta sauce or used as a topping/dipping sauce with appys.

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You can use any tomatoes you like, however Roma tomatoes have the lowest moisture content making them perfect when you want to create a thick sauce. Once everything is prepped, it’s all added to a food processor.RomescoSauce2

There is a huge difference in taste between regular (sweet/Hungarian) paprika and smoked paprika. If you substitute one for the other, the dish will take on a whole new flavor. Pulse until mixture is finely minced, then slowly pour in oil while machine is running until mixture is a almost smooth.RomescoSauce3

Romesco Sauce
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Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup almonds, toasted (skin on or off)
  • 12 oz Roma tomatoes, seeded, halved
  • 1-2 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 slice GF bread, well toasted
  • ½ cup jarred roasted peppers, drained & halved
  • ¼ cup Italian parsley, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar or cooking sherry
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Toast almonds on a baking sheet at 400°F for 8-10 minutes until fragrant and they start to turn golden, shake pan a few times while roasting.
  2. If you don’t like the skins on the tomatoes, then cut a shallow ‘x’ in the bottom of the tomatoes and place them whole (and unseeded) in another roasting pan and place in oven with almonds. After 10 minutes their skins should have split more and they should be easy to peel. Half tomatoes, remove core/seeds and place them along with the almonds, and garlic into a food processor, pulse for a few seconds to coarsely chop.
  3. Tear the toast into pieces then add to the food processor along with the remaining ingredients, except the oil. Process until mixture is finely ground.
  4. With the machine running, slowly pour in the oil and process until almost smooth. Season to taste with salt.
Notes
*You can use any tomatoes you like, however Roma tomatoes have the lowest moisture content making them perfect when you want to create a thick sauce.

*There is a huge difference in taste between sweet paprika and smoked paprika. If you substitute one for the other, the dish will take on a whole new flavor.

 

5 Responses to Romesco Sauce

  1. KAREN September 18, 2015 at 1:12 pm #

    ONCE AGAIN IT IS SO NICE TO HAVE SUCH A COMFORTING RECIPE TO TRY. WHEN YOU EAT GLUTEN FREE YOU FEEL ISOLATED. ALOT OF TIMES. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO. YO REALLY LIFT OUR SPIRITS AND OUR SOULS WHILE TRYING TO HELP US WITH DELICIOUS GLUTEN FREE RECIPES. KAREN CONNOR

    • Marla Hingley
      Marla Hingley September 18, 2015 at 6:36 pm #

      Thank you so much for letting us know – it means a lot! My goal when creating/testing recipes is for this site to become a recipe resource for all types of foods people want to make, not just those that are typically gluten free, like breads or baked goods. Like when you’re looking for a great tasting soup recipe – even one that would never naturally contain gluten, my hope is that our members check our site first. I’m trying to have something for everyone (and of course it’s all gluten free)! Have a great day!
      P.S. if you’re looking for a new soup to try…our Greek Lemon Soup is my new favorite!!

  2. Alicia Khuong January 6, 2016 at 10:41 pm #

    I think this is a great way to prepare cauliflower and gluten free!
    I absolutely can’t wait to try it with my family! 5 stars!

  3. Margaret August 30, 2017 at 9:20 am #

    I’m from the south so corn cakes are a bit of a staple with us. What an interesting ingredient. I’ve going to try this right away. Thanks so much for your great recipe site. Love it!!

    • Marla Hingley
      Marla Hingley September 1, 2017 at 9:37 am #

      Thanks for letting us know! Have a great day 🙂

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