March 2001


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  • Roast the bell peppers directly over a gas flame or under the broiler, turning, until blackened or charred all over. Transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let steam for 10 minutes, then peel and remove the cores.

  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, cover the ancho chile with hot water and let stand for 15 minutes. Drain and pat dry.

  • In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil until shimmering. Add the ancho chile and cook over moderate heat, stirring, for 2 minutes.

  • In a food processor, combine the bread with the almonds and garlic. Season with salt and process until the mixture resembles fine bread crumbs. Add the ancho and its oil, the peppers, tomatoes and vinegar and puree. With the machine on, add the water. Scrape into a bowl and season with salt and pepper.

  • Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil in the skillet. Add the shrimp and scallops, season with salt and pepper and cook over moderate heat for 1 minute, then turn and cook for 30 seconds longer. Add 1 cup of the romesco sauce and bring to a simmer; if the sauce seems too thick, add 2 tablespoons of water to loosen it. Add the squid and cook just until it turns opaque, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, season with salt and stir in the parsley. Transfer to a platter and serve. Pass the remaining romesco sauce at the table or refrigerate for another use.


One Serving Calories 375 kcal, Total Fat 16.8 gm, Saturated Fat 2.3 gm, Protein 34 gm, Carbohydrates 22 gm.