Recipe: Sauce Romesco with Tenderstem Broccoli

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Yes, you read that right – the sauce is definitely the star with this recipe!

For what is a simple recipe, this has a bit of complicated origin for me. It all started with a review of Drakes Tabanco by Jay Rayner in The Observer. In it he wished that the restaurant had paired a dish of romesco sauce with something more thrilling than tenderstem broccoli. Well, I disagree. Romesco sauce packs a hefty punch and I think something green and irony is just what is needed to stand up to it. Tenderstem broccoli does just the thing. Broccoli of any type would do, but so would kale, savoy cabbage or spinach. Blanch the greens, stir through the romesco and you have a dish that should be thrilling enough for anyone. I’m sorry, Jay, but we’re not letting the meat-eaters keep this sauce to themselves.

And besides – look how pretty it looks! Prettier than any meat you could pair with this.

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Ingredients
For the sauce:
2 red peppers, grilled and skinned
75g ground almonds
15g breadcrumbs
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
2 tbsp vinegar
80ml olive oil
squeeze lemon juice

Pack of tender-stem broccoli

Put the peppers under a hot grill until their skin is blackened on both sides.
Remove the skins and seeds.
Put the pepper flesh with the rest of the sauce ingredients into a food processor and whizz until you have a smooth paste.
Season with salt and pepper.
Cook the broccoli in plenty of salted water until just tender.
Drain the broccoli and serve with the sauce spooned over.

Serves 4 as a starter

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5 responses »

  1. I’ve yet to try this stuff – in fact I only heard of it quite recently – but it looks gorgeous! I like the sound of how you’ve used it here too. Yum!

    • This recipe makes so much that you could get away with one red pepper and half the ingredients. I’ve had two meals out of my amount already and there’s still some left in the fridge.

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