I've never met a pizza I didn't like and am always looking for new and unusual toppings, so when I received a recipe from Chef Eric Lee of Simi Winery for lamb sausage pizza, it went on the top of my must-make list. With the roasted red pepper sauce, slightly spicy sausage, and tangy feta cheese, it's a nontraditional but super flavorful pizza. Once you make the romesco, the pizza comes together quickly. Cook at high heat for maximum crispness. If you're a fan of lamb, you've got to try this pizza! Here's the recipe.
Romesco sauce is, in my opinion, one of the most underrated sauces out there. The traditional dish, which is native to Spain's Catalonia region, is a mixture of almonds, garlic, oil, and roasted red peppers. I don't have it that often, but when I do, I always wonder why I don't eat it more! It has a gorgeous color, thick texture, and slightly sweet nutty flavor. Think of it as a red pesto and use on pizza, atop grilled fish or chicken, or tossed with pasta. I'm making it a point to serve romesco more often; to do the same, get the recipe after the jump.
If someone were to ask me which condiment deserves the title of most underrated sauce, I'd probably say romesco, the classic sauce from Catalan that's made from dried, roasted red peppers, almonds, and olive oil. Romesco adds spectacular smokiness to just about anything, and that includes bold proteins. Use it as an accompaniment for unadorned steak, freshly charred from the barbecue; serve grilled asparagus and scallions, which also pair well with the sauce, with the meal. For the speedy Summer recipe, read on.
I used to think cold weather meant the world was relegated to eating apples, pears, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash. But as I grew older I was introduced to a cornucopia of Winter produce, from blood oranges and kumquats to kale and leafy chicories. One of my top picks is übernutritious escarole, a greenish-white chicory that's not quite as bitter as radicchio and frisée.
Escarole is sweeter sautéed, but adds a nice crunch in a seasonal salad. Roughly chop it and toss with Dijon vinaigrette to cut the bitterness. Or, for something a bit more elaborate, make xató, a classic Catalan salad topped with a romesco-like sauce, and served with anchovy, tuna, and salt cod (baccala). Make the most of January's bounty with two different types of escarole salad when you read more.
- Romesco sauce can transform any soup, seafood, or vegetable. — Miami Herald
- Here are the secret ingredients that'll turn your meal around. — Boston Globe
- Olive oil, beware: Lard is back. — San Francisco Chronicle
- The best (and worst) cookbooks for Fall. — Los Angeles Times
- How to decipher all those egg carton labels. — New York Times
- Russian wines make a quiet return. — Chicago Tribune
- Taste testing celebrity cognac and other spirits. — Washington Post
- Perfect paella means getting all of these elements right. — The Oregonian
- Transition into Fall with an Autumn picnic. — Cleveland Plain Dealer
Last weekend I was at my parents house in Sonoma County and the weather was wonderfully warm. After consuming a large lunch, I decided to enjoy a light, Spanish-style dinner. The Spanish often eat a dinner of cold cuts, olives, and cheese. Bread or breadsticks normally accompany these simple meals. I took this concept and translated it into a nacho variation. I baked small thin breadsticks topped with Manchego cheese until crisp and melty. Next I topped them with a homemade romesco sauce. Romesco is a typical Spanish sauce made with roasted red peppers and almonds. When served with garlic stuffed olives and fresh jamon, these nachos were salty and delicious! To learn how I made them, read more