smoked romesco sauce
1/2 Cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 Small shallot, sliced
1 Clove garlic, peeled and chopped
Pinch red pepper flakes
Pinch kosher salt
16 Ounce fire roasted red peppers, drained and rinsed
2 Teaspoon sherry vinegar
2 Tablespoon finely chopped mint, divided
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
Pinch ground black pepper
When ready to cook, set Z Grill to 350°F and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes. Place a cast-iron frying pan or other ovenproof skillet directly on the grill grate to preheat.
When the grill is up to temperature, add olive oil and almonds to skillet. Close the lid and toast for 2 to 3 minutes, until barely browned.
Add the shallot, garlic, pepper flakes and a pinch of salt. Stir, and close the grill lid. Allow to cook for 3 to 5 minutes without opening the grill, then quickly open and stir, and close the lid again. Cook until garlic is fragrant and the shallot has softened, about 5 to 8 minutes total.
Remove from grill and allow to cool for a few minutes. In a food processor, pulse the almond shallot mixture until chopped. Add the red peppers, sherry vinegar, 1-3/4 tablespoon mint, lemon juice and a pinch of black pepper and process to a coarse puree.
Taste, adding more salt if desired. Pour into a small bowl for serving and garnish with the remaining mint. Serve with Grilled Baby Carrots and Fennel. Enjoy!