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Romesco Sauce

ingredients                                                                                                                  1/4 cup olive oil
1 1-inch thick slice of crusty bread, torn into pieces
1/2 cup blanched almonds, chopped or slivered (can substitute hazelnuts, peeled)
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 15-ounce can of crushed tomatoes
1 8-ounce jar of roasted red bell peppers, drained
1 Tbsp smoked paprika
3 Tbsp red wine vinegar

directions                                                                                                               Preheat the oven to 350°F. Heat olive oil in a medium sauté pan over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, sauté bread and almonds, stirring often, until they just begin to brown. Add garlic and sauté another 1-2 minutes.

Place the contents of the sauté pan into a food processor with the remaining ingredients—salt, tomatoes, roasted bell peppers, smoked paprika, vinegar. Purée until smooth. Spread the sauce out on a rimmed sheet pan and bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until the edges begin to caramelize. Cool before serving.

BBQ Bruschetta

Grilled Como gives this recipe great flavor.  It’s so easy & so good!

ingredients
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 small container of grape or cherry tomatos, cut in half
1 cup fresh basil, chopped
salt & pepper to taste
Como bread, ½” - 1” slices
olive oil (to brush or spray on bread) 

directions
Heat olive oil in a small saute pan
add garlic and heat until slightly golden
add tomatos, basil, and S&P
cook down tomatos (should be saucy)
while tomatos are cooking, grill bread

TIPS:  Be sure to cook bread long enough for grill marks to form; that smoky flavor is the best part! Get authentic and rub garlic on grilled bread.  This makes a great appetizer at any bbq!


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