Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Spanish Almond Pepper Sauce

I had this during a potluck and begged for the recipe. The original recipe called for tomatoes and red wine vinegar. But due to the tomato scare earlier this summer, I traded the tomatoes for sweet red peppers and the red wine vinegar for sherry vinegar.

This sauce is no-cook, similar in preparation to pesto. It’s great with all kinds of meat, sausages, fish, shellfish, poultry and cooked or raw vegetables. I’ve used it as a sauce for pasta---which my godchildren seemed to love. A teaspoon perks up scrambled eggs and poached eggs. It’s even good poured over cream cheese and scooped up as a dip.

Store it in a container with a lid in the refrigerator. I roasted my own almonds, but if you use the pre-roasted variety, just rinse off the salt. For the roasted red peppers, I used the ones out of a jar, draining and rinsing the peppers before use.

Spanish Almond Pepper Sauce
¾ cup roasted almonds
2 garlic cloves
½ cup fresh parsleyBut due to the tomato scare earlier this summer,
1 ½ teaspoons salt
2 roasted red sweet peppers, remove skin and seeds
1 teaspoon hot chili sauce, like Tabasco
2 tablespoons sherry vine (or red wine vinegar)
½-3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

In a food processor, process the almonds, garlic, parsley and salt until very smooth. Add the roasted red peppers. Process until pureed. Add the chili sauce. With the food processor running, add the sherry vinegar and gradually add the olive oil. Process until the oil is well incorporated.
Scrape the sauce into a lidded container. Store in the refrigerator.

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