Romesco is a Catalonian sauce that can be prepared in a variety of ways. It almost always includes red pepper, almonds or hazelnuts, fresh tomatoes, garlic, and olive oil. Some chefs mix in fennel or mint for flavor or ground bread to add texture.
Similar to hummus in its versatility, romesco is made from wholesome ingredients and packs flavor that pairs well with many dishes. Here are its ten best uses for when traditional sauces just aren't cutting it.
When you can't take one more pesto panini or hummus wrap, substitute romesco as a spread on one of these savory panini.
There's certainly nothing wrong with traditional marinara, but some pasta-lovers may feel a need for more flavor. If you want to go all out with a healthy combination, try it with tofu or zucchini noodles instead.
Romesco as a taco sauce is fairly mild but bold enough to stand out. You can even go meatless with this vegan recipe.
It may seem counterintuitive to put sauce in a soup, but romesco is that exception. It can thicken a traditional vegetable-based soup like traditional tomato.
Romesco sauce pairs well with some other unusual topping combinations as well.
Anyone who enjoys eating plain vegetables has my props, but for the rest of us some added flavor is in order. Healthier than a cheese dip, romesco is great to pair with your favorite veggies—cooked or raw. For a vegan main course, try romesco on cauliflower steaks. You won't be disappointed.
9. Corn on the Cob
Let's face it: corn on the cob can get boring at barbecue after barbecue. Leave this sauce out in a bowl as pictured and let guests help themselves.
You've heard of salsa or sriracha on eggs, so why not romesco?
With so many uses, it's easy to make the sauce in a blender or food processor and keep it in a jar in the fridge for when you need to revive some leftovers or reinvent a classic – it's simple, sounds impressive, and tastes even better.