Mixed Grill w/ Romesco Sauce

mixed grill

Recently I went to a blogger's dinner and Marc from No Recipes brought a delicious Romesco dip with grilled spring onions.

I decided to serve this at a spring dinner party I was hosting, along with grilled shrimp, grilled spring onion bulbs and grilled bread for dipping.

Romesco is a traditional pesto type of sauce from the Catalonia region of Spain, made with roasted red peppers, bread and toasted nuts.

I emailed Marc and asked him for his recipe, but since his blog is called NO RECIPES, he didn't have one! He makes it up as he goes along. He gave me his guidelines and I went from there.

I googled Romesco and so many different versions came up.

It seemed that the only major difference in the recipes were the kinds of nuts used.
Most used toasted almonds, but some used toasted hazelnuts.
Some used plum tomatoes, others didn't use tomatoes at all.

I found a great sounding recipe on Dinner with Julie and added a tomato to the recipe.
It was PERFECT. Everyone loved this simple dip. I will be making it all the time.

Romesco Dip (adapted from Dinner with Julie):

2 large roasted red peppers
1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
1 clove garlic
1 ripe plum tomato
1 tsp salt
2 thick slices from a baguette
1 tsp paprika
about 3-4 tbsp of olive oil

In a blender or food processor, combine all of your ingredients except olive oil.
Puree until it resembles a thick paste.
Add your olive oil at the end and whiz for a few seconds.

Serve with grilled shrimp, grilled spring onions and grilled toasts.

I marinated my shrimp with tails on for about 30 minutes in garlic, olive oil and lemon juice in a ziploc bag. Grill for 3 minutes on each side.

Same goes for the grilled spring onions. They were large, so I sliced them in half and and sprinkled kosher salt and drizzled with olive oil. Grill a few minutes until you get nice grill marks.

Same goes for the bread. Slice your baguette and brush with olive oil. Grill a minute on each side.

Serve the mixed grill on a large platter with the Romesco sauce on the side for dipping!
We ate the leftover sauce on bread the next day and couldn't stop eating it.
It was fantastic!


Debbie said…
That all looks just looks so delicious. Very nice pictures too!
Looks great Stacey, love the char marks on the onions. Makes me wish I had a grill.
Lori Lynn said…
The sauce sounds excellent.
YAY for grilling season!
Those grilled shrimp look amazing!! Grilling just isn't the same indoors - I'm so jealous!
Dana said…
I love Romesco. I can just eat it with a spoon!
Pam said…
Now that's my kind of meal. A bit of bread, shrimp, onion and a tasty sauce to dip them in. Nicely done!
Dewi said…
Love Romesco sauce, used to make it a lots and serve it for my grilled fish. Thanks for posting the recipe, now I feel like making this again.
lisaiscooking said…
The romesco with shrimp sounds great! Perfect for an outdoor grilling party.
Bob said…
Love it! The grilled spring onions look gorgeous.
noble pig said…
I love romesco, I always serve it with calamari. Yours looks beautiful.
kat said…
Gorgeous dish! I just got two lovely bunches of spring onions I may need to make this sauce to go with them
Patsyk said…
Looks so pretty all together! I would love to dig into that as an appy, or I could just make a meal out of it!
Pour the wine, pass me a plate, I'm ready to dip!!
Cate O'Malley said…
That sauce sounds fabulous - printing now!
Ciao Chow Linda said…
I once had a romesco sauce that was tasty but brown - a real turn-off. Yours looks 100 pct improved.
LaDue & Crew said…
How pretty! What a perfect meal... I am so hungry right now, I wish this were in front of me!
I am bookmarking to make this. We grill so much in the summer so this will be perfect.
Peter M said…
Fabulous grill marks on the scallions...you grillin-gurl!
Memória said…
Umm, the sauce looks delicious and rich!!
Melissa said…
Great idea to just do a mixed grill since you would have the sauce to dip it into.

And you taught me something today. I had heard of Romesco but didn't know what it was and forgot to seek it out. So thanks for the unintended lesson!
Foodiewife said…
I'm a little behind in reading food blogs. Wow! You know how much I love grilling. This is gorgeous, right down to perfect grill marks. Sure wish I was closer to plead for an invitation.
FOODalogue said…
That's a perfect mixed grill...protein, bread, veggie and sauce!
Hillary said…
Where are you having these delicious blogger dinners? This sounds amazing!
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