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Grilled California Asparagus with Romesco Sauce

Serves6
IngredientsVegetables, Nuts, Bread
Day PartDinner, Lunch, Snack
Menu PartSide Dish
Cuisine TypeAmerican
Grilled California Asparagus with Romesco Sauce

This piquant sauce from Spain plays point and counterpoint with the palate. The contrast of the bright green of the spears with the red of the sauce, makes an eye-catching combo.

Ingredients

11⁄2 lb. fresh California asparagus, trimmed, blanched if large or jumbo
Olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
3⁄4 cup roughly chopped roasted red bell pepper
2 tbsp. roughly chopped, oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained
2 (1-in.) slices lightly toasted baguette, torn
2 tbsp. toasted blanched slivered almonds
1 clove garlic, chopped
1⁄2 tbsp. white wine vinegar
1⁄2 tbsp. chopped parsley
Crushed red pepper, to taste
Water, as needed
 

Steps

1. Brush asparagus with olive oil. Grill over medium-high heat, turning frequently, until lightly browned and fork tender, about 5 min. Season with salt and pepper; cool.

2. In food processor, puree red pepper with 1⁄8 tsp. salt and next 7 ingredients for Romesco Sauce. With machine running, drizzle in 11⁄2 tbsp. olive oil. If necessary, thin with water, 1 tbsp. at a time.

3. Arrange asparagus on a platter; serve with sauce.
 

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