White Almond Romesco

recipe
This sauce is delicious as a dip for raw vegetables or pita crisps. It can also be spread on turkey or chicken sandwiches, or used as a topping for poached chicken or pan-fried fish. Or whisk it with lemon juice for a salad dressing.

Yield:

MAKES FOUR 4-OUNCE JARS

Recipe from

Food & Wine

Ingredients

1 cup milk
6 large garlic cloves
1/2 cup whole blanched almonds (2 1/2 ounces)
1/2 cup pine nuts (2 ounces)
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
Salt
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
One 3-ounce piece of baguette, crusts removed, bread cut into 1/2-inch dice
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon honey
1/4 cup rice vinegar

Preparation

1. In a medium saucepan, combine the milk with the garlic, almonds, pine nuts, bay leaf, crushed red pepper and a pinch of salt. Cover and cook over low heat until the garlic is slightly tender, about 10 minutes. Discard the bay leaf.

2. In a medium skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add the diced bread and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 4 minutes. Add the cumin and coriander seeds and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

3. In a small bowl, dissolve the honey in the vinegar. Transfer to a blender; add the milk mixture and the diced bread. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and blend until smooth. Scrape the sauce into a medium bowl and season with salt. Transfer the romesco sauce to jars and refrigerate.

Make Ahead: The sauce can be refrigerated for 1 month.

Note:

Marcia Kiesel,

Food & Wine

December 2001
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