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Grilled Shellfish with Romesco Sauce

Yield 6 servings (serving size: 4 shrimp, 4 clams, 4 mussels, and 1/4 cup sauce)
This thick, robust sauce hails from Spain and keeps for about a week refrigerated.

Ingredients

  • Sauce:
  • 2 (1 1/2-ounce) slices white bread, crusts removed
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 teaspoons extravirgin olive oil, divided
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Hungarian sweet paprika
  • 3 plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped (about 1/2 pound)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 2 tablespoons blanched almonds, toasted
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Shellfish:
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 teaspoon extravirgin olive oil
  • 24 jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Cooking spray
  • 24 littleneck clams, scrubbed (about 2 pounds)
  • 24 mussels, scrubbed and debearded (about 2 pounds)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 227
  • caloriesfromfat 27 %
  • fat 6.7 g
  • satfat 0.8 g
  • monofat 3.1 g
  • polyfat 1.4 g
  • protein 24.2 g
  • carbohydrate 15.4 g
  • fiber 1.5 g
  • cholesterol 86 mg
  • iron 14.5 mg
  • sodium 537 mg
  • calcium 83 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat broiler.

  2. To prepare sauce, place bread directly onto oven rack. Broil 2 minutes on one side or until toasted; remove from oven and cut into cubes. Cut bell pepper in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place pepper halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten with hand. Broil 15 minutes or until blackened. Place in a zip-top plastic bag; seal. Let stand 15 minutes. Peel and chop.

  3. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 3 garlic cloves; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add paprika, tomatoes, and jalapeño; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add sherry; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in bread.

  4. Place bread mixture, bell pepper, remaining 1 teaspoon oil, almonds, and next 4 ingredients (through salt) in a food processor; process until smooth.

  5. Prepare grill.

  6. To prepare shellfish, combine parsley, 1 teaspoon oil, shrimp, and 1 garlic clove in a large zip-top plastic bag. Seal and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Thread 4 shrimp onto each of 6 (8-inch) skewers. Place skewers on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 4 minutes on each side or until done. Remove from grill. Place clams and mussels directly onto grill rack; grill 10 minutes or until shells open. Discard any unopened shells. Serve shellfish with sauce.