I had this delicious idea a few weeks ago that I would share an easy entertaining idea – a normal dinner kicked up with Chimichurri Pesto and this authentic Romesco Sauce recipe for a memorable dinner suitable for guests. Then I realized, I’d never shared the cilantro chimichurri and roasted red pepper sauces I promised a while ago.
If I remember correctly, the pictures didn’t turn out, so I was going to make them again. Soon. And now it’s six months later. My apologies. But in the end, it’s ok, because I got to play around with the spices and flavors to make it even tastier!
Authentic Romesco Sauce Recipe
So, one of my favorite dinners is roast chicken. I’ve actually never made my own (it’s on the to do list), but we buy the $5 roasted chicken from Costco fairly frequently. I’ve seen roast chickens at other markets and even at farmers’ markets, so if you aren’t roasting savvy yet either, this is a good option. So, for that crazy easy idea for a weeknight dinner or a dinner party…
Roast chicken, brown rice cooked with stock, and roasted asparagus smothered and dipped in one/both of these sauces! It’s an easy yet memorable meal. And you’ll soon realize that the list of romesco sauces uses is long – meats, veggies, and whole grains!!
How do you make authentic romesco sauce?
Romesco sauce is super easy to make. The base of the flavor is roasted bell peppers (I love doing homemade roasted bell peppers), but Trader Joe’s and other markets sell them in a jar. Nuts and a piece of toast add the thick consistency. Combine all these ingredients with a few seasonings and some vinegar for an unbelievably delicious and easy romesco sauce recipe!
Chimichurri Sauce for Steak + Chicken
I found this recipe for chimichurri, but I didn’t have fresh oregano or a shallot; we were running low on olive oil; and the immediate flavor was so overwhelmingly vinegary that I was forced to improvise…so I added walnuts. The flavors really need to marry together for a while after you mix it up. The recipe below is for a thicker ‘pesto’ chimichurri, but I’ve also included the slight changes for a traditional chimichurri sauce for steak or chicken!
CILANTRO CHIMICHURRI SAUCE PESTO
If you're looking for a hearty and sauce packed full of flavor to serve with roast chicken or grilled steak, this chimichurri sauce is it. It's thicker than your classic chimichurri and much fuller in flavorless emphasis on the olive oil. It'll be the star of your dinner table!
- 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3-4 garlic cloves peeled
- 1/2 jalapeño
- 2 cups minced fresh cilantro
- 1 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil*
- 1 cup walnuts*
- Place peeled garlic cloves and jalapeño in food processor or blender. Pulse until finely minced.
- Add in remaining ingredients.
- Blend until it reaches a thick sauce consistency.
- Cover and chill for at least three hours or overnight.
- *For a more traditional chimichurri sauce, omit walnuts and use 3/4 - 1 cup olive oil.
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EASY ROMESCO SAUCE RECIPE
This smoky romesco sauce comes together in moments, but it's packed full of flavor. It's delicious with grilled or roasted meat, veggies, and rice or potatoes.
- 1 cup roasted bell peppers canned or fresh (recipe here)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 1/2 garlic cloves
- 1/4 cup almonds toasted*
- 1 slice bread toasted and cubed
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- In a food processor, combine all ingredients thoroughly.
- Freeze leftovers in sealed plastic container or jar. Leave a bit of room in container to allow for expansion.
- *To toast raw almonds, cook them on the stove over medium heat for 3-5 minutes or in the oven at 300 degrees for 5-10 minutes.