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 a polite smile but I really wanted that recipe.
After begging the cook to tell one ingredient it contained, he finally told me it’s almond-based. 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
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.
red bell pepper
soaked almond – look how plump they get once you soak them! I soaked them for about 20 minutes.
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!