Broccoli with Romesco sauce is so delicious that broccoli will be your new favorite vegetable!
I have this terrible habit of trying out new dishes when we have company over for dinner. I can’t help myself, I do it every time. If I were smart I’d choose a time tested recipe that I knew everyone would love and that I knew would turn out amazing. But no, I can’t, and I don’t know why.
We had my husband’s brother and his family over for dinner and I used them as guinea pigs on a new chicken dish, and two new side dishes. The chicken turned out just meh, and was mostly because I had to use a different cooking method because I had to cook such a large batch of chicken. But, this broccoli served with Romesco was a surprising hit and stole the show of the entire meal. Yes, broccoli did that! Everyone had a look of surprise on their face when they took a bite. Broccoli has seriously never tasted so good!
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I made a few tweaks from the recipe found in The Best and Lightest cookbook from Food Network. I bumped up the amount of red pepper, and used pecans instead of walnuts.
I’m also including instructions on how to roast your own red peppers because I don’t always find roasted peppers in the store.
Try serving broccoli with Romesco along side my:
- 1 red pepper
- ¼ C olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- ½ C pecans or walnuts
- 1 T tomato paste
- 1 T apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- ¼ tsp chile powder
- 1 head of broccoli
- Turn oven to broil. Cut red pepper into thirds, discarding seeds and stem. On a greased baking sheet, broil red pepper 3-5 minutes or until turning black. Flip pepper over and broil other side 3-5 minutes or until turning black.
- In a skillet warm olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped garlic, cook until golden, about 1-2 minutes.
- In a blender or food processor combine cooked olive oil with garlic, roasted red pepper, nuts, tomato paste, vinegar, paprika, salt and chile powder. Pulse until smooth. Add 2-4 Tbsp water to thin out sauce to preferred consistency.
- Steam broccoli in a sauce pan with a steamer basked. Steam until crisp-tender, for about 5 minutes.
- Serve broccoli with Romesco sauce.