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Almond Pepper Sauce {Romesco Sauce}

Posted Apr 15 2012 9:00pm

Almond Pepper Sauce Almond Pepper Sauce {Romesco Sauce}

Have you heard of romesco sauce?

You may have heard of it or maybe you’ve even prepared it at home. I hadn’t until I tried this amazing red pepper sauce at a cafe at my workplace. It was to die for. I must have sampled it three or four times before I finally gave in and asked the genial cook which ingredients made up this heavenly sauce. With a smirk he says to me, “secret ingredients.” I flashed one of my polite smiles. I was on my own to duplicate this sauce at home. I knew it was gluten-free because they had an allergen/ dietary preference postcard next to each menu item and I also knew it had some type of pepper because of the beautiful color but beyond that I knew very little.

I begged the cook to tell one ingredient it contained and he told me almonds (funny, almond flavor is really not apparent). To my surprise it turns out this sauce is no secret and contains no secret ingredients. It is a romesco sauce, practically the ketchup of Spain. Another reason why I must travel to Spain soon to expand my palette icon smile Almond Pepper Sauce {Romesco Sauce} The sauce originated in northeastern Spain and it  is often made to accompany fish.

Based on the 3 ingredients I knew it contained (garlic, bell pepper, and almonds), I experimented a little with the sauce. Since I discovered the sauce, I’ve seen many variations online. Some people cook the sauce but I prefer it raw and fresh.

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red bell pepper

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soaked almond – look how plump they get once you soak them! I soaked them for about 20 minutes.

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This is a very simple, delicious recipe that is gluten-free, vegan and raw but all you really need to know is that it’s amazing. It’s great to top a protein (such as tempeh, fish or chicken). I served it with veggie fajitas, a tempeh dish, and quinoa bites (recipes coming soon). Hope you like the sauce!

  Almond Pepper Sauce {Romesco Sauce}

A garlicky, spicy red sauce that is almond-based and very versatile.

Gluten-free/ Raw/ Vegan

In a food processor (or blender), combine all ingredients. Process until smooth, about 1-2 minutes. Makes about 1 1/3 cups.
*Soak almonds in advance for at least 20 minutes in room temperature water.

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P.S. Have you heard of ugly vegetables? One ugly veggie found icon smile Almond Pepper Sauce {Romesco Sauce}

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