I was asked by Alexia Smart Classics Crinkle Cut Fries to come up with a quick and easy recipe that would work great as part of a family-friendly meal. One of my New Year's resolutions is to try my hand at sauces. I cook a lot of fresh foods at home, but I feel like I can take them up a notch by exploring beautiful sauces (a la Julia Child). So here's my first one of the year -- my romesco sauce recipe!
Romesco is a Spanish sauce that incorporates almonds, garlic, roasted peppers, roasted tomatoes, and toasted bread. It's thick, crunchy, tangy, and goes with just about anything.
So for my family-friendly meal, I wanted to keep it simple. First, I made a basic chicken and baby green sandwich on French bread, but for my condiment, I slathered on my Romesco sauce. It brought a tomatoe-y, peppery brightness that brought my sandwich to life. (My seven-year-old daughter, Lainey, even liked it. I think she thought it was flavorful without being too spicy.)
Then instead of serving ketchup with my French fries, I used my Romesco as a dipping sauce. Again, the roasted pepper, the thickness from the toasted bread, and the crunch from the almonds were such great additions to my crispy fries.
Quick & Easy Romesco Sauce Recipe
- 2 cups of peeled tomatoes
- 1 cup of roasted peppers
- 1 cup of cubed bread
- 2/3 cup sliced almonds
- 6 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon Spanish paprika (pimentón)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- fresh herbs (thyme or oregano) to garnish
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place your tomatoes (~4 medium) and peppers on a baking sheet, and roast for about 30 minutes. We used a mix of red bell pepper (2), and sweet peppers (4). If you want a spicier sauce, you can add spicier peppers. Take them out of the oven when they are cool enough to handle, and peel and seed them. Don't worry about getting it all.
Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the almonds to a skillet on medium high heat. Keep stirring the almonds until they just start to brown, then add the cubed bread and two diced garlic cloves. Continue stirring until the bread is firm and starting to brown.
Add the almond, bread, and garlic to a food processor, and pulse for about a minute until the almonds are crumb-like in size. Add the tomatoes, peppers, 4 tablespoons of olive oil, vinegar, paprika, and salt, then pulse for another minute. You want a thick rustic texture. So don't over process. You can taste and add more salt if you like.
I like to garnish it with some fresh herbs and serve it warm, but it can be refrigerated and is good for several days.
I'm a huge fan of French fries, but I do try to limit them to special occasions. However, what's great about the Alexia Classic Crinkle Cut Fries is they are 98% fat-free and 100 calories per serving. One way they achieve this is by roasting their fries, plus they are made with whole ingredients like U.S.-grown Yukon Select potatoes. You wouldn't know they were missing the fat.
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