Raw Romesco Sauce


So, the other day, I was at Isabella Gourmet Foods and I sampled the most amazing thing. A sauce made out of raw almonds, sun dried tomatoes and sweet red peppers. Properly labeled it was an Romesco Sauce. The sauce itself can be traced back to Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain where it is typically made from any mixture of roasted or raw almonds, pine nuts, and/or hazelnuts, roasted garlic, olive or sunflower oil, nyora peppers. Some recipes call for adding crusty white bread and others do not. The bottom line: It was to die for.  This go to sauce can be used for so many things: A sandwich spread, pizza topping, pasta sauce, dipping sauce. The skies the limit.

So, the ambitionista in me decided to recreate a recipe that would be raw, vegan and gluten free. Here is what I came up with:

3/4 cup olive oil

2 sweet red peppers

1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes (re-hydrated, stock drained)

1/2 cup raw almonds soaked 24 hours then drained

2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

3 cloves garlic

1/4 teaspoon salt or more to taste

sprinkle of pepper to taste

Using food processor, process almonds, garlic and 1/4 cup olive oil til resembles a paste. Next, add the rest of the ingredients including olive oil. That’s it, you’re done! Enjoy!

Til next post, Emma