Salsa Romesco

Romesco Sauce

Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Complex

  • Makes About

    600 ml

Appears in

MoVida

By Frank Camorra and Richard Cornish

Published 2007

  • About

This is an all-round sauce that can be used with meat, fish and vegetables. It has a lovely earthy red colour with a deep rich flavour that is sharpened with a little good red wine vinegar. Note that this recipe calls for roasted blanched almonds.

Ingredients

  • 3 red capsicums (peppers)
  • 2 very ripe tomatoes
  • 1 garlic bulb
  • 80 ml ( fl oz cup) olive oil
  • one 2 cm (¾ inch) thick slice 2-day-old pasta dura or other firm crusty bread
  • 150 g ( oz) hazelnuts, roasted
  • 150 g ( oz) blanched almonds, roasted
  • 60 g ( oz /¼ cup) sweet paprika
  • 2 tablespoons good quality red wine vinegar
  • 375 g (13 oz/ cups) sofrito

Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4). Roast the capsicums, tomatoes and garlic bulb for 10 minutes then remove the tomatoes and set aside to cool. Continue roasting the capsicums and garlic for 30–35 minutes, or until the skin of the capsicums blacken and blister. Cover the capsicums in plastic wrap and allow the capsicums and garlic to cool. When cool, peel the capsicums and tomatoes and put in a bowl, discarding any stalks, skins and seeds. Cut the end off the garlic bulb and squeeze the roasted garlic over the capsicums and tomatoes.

Heat the olive oil in a heavy-based frying pan over medium heat and fry the bread for about 3 minutes each side, or until golden. Drain on paper towel and set aside to cool. Grind the nuts and bread in a food processor to the consistency of coarse breadcrumbs. Add the paprika, red wine vinegar and sofrito and season to taste. Add the capsicums, tomatoes and garlic to the food processor and pulse several times until all the ingredients are well blended, but still coarse in texture. Salsa romesco will keep in the refrigerator for 2–3 days.