Hazelnut Romesco Sauce
- TOTAL TIME: 30 MIN
- SERVINGS: makes about 1 1/2 cups
- 1 small red bell pepper
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup cubed sourdough bread ( 1/2 inch)
- 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 large garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 cup skinned roasted hazelnuts, chopped
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- Roast the red bell pepper directly over a gas flame or under a preheated broiler, turning, until charred all over; let cool. Discard the charred skin, stem and seeds. Coarsely chop the bell pepper.
- In a medium skillet, melt the butter in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add the bread cubes and cook over moderate heat, tossing, until crisp, about 3 minutes. Let cool.
- In a food processor, combine the roasted pepper, toasted bread cubes, sherry vinegar, tomato paste, garlic and hazelnuts and puree. With the machine on, slowly pour in the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil. Season the romesco sauce with salt and pepper.
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