Winter has arrived in Potter County, Pennsylvania. What to do when it’s cold and blustering outside? One good idea is to create something really delicious in the kitchen.
Here’s what we came up with on this cold and blustery day. It’s a rocking dip that’s easy to make and can be put up in the freezer. But whats best about it is that it lets us use some of our own home-grown garlic. Romesco blends garlic with roasted red peppers and nuts for a fine textured and great flavored dip. It has Spanish originals and goes well with vegetables such as carrot or celery sticks or with any seafood dish, especially as a dip for shrimp. Of course, crackers work just fine for dipping. And it can be used as spread with home-made bread, too.
Here’s how it’s done. First, we put a couple of chunks of firewood in the wood stove to make us warm and cozy. With that done, here’s the really easy part: Process the ingredients in the food processor until finely blended. That’s it. To store, place the extra dip inside a freezer-friendly container and place in the freezer. We like to use Ball 4 ounce deluxe jelly jars because they are freezer safe. With that done, we have it available all through the winter season.
It is best to use fresh roasted peppers, when available, instead of store-bought ones as shown here. Also, you can use up that stale bread in place of ready-made croutons. But in any case, there it is ready to enjoy by the cozy fire. The fire warms from the outside and the garlic-spiced Romesco warms from the inside. By the way, we still have some garlic available for your favorite recipes.
- 4 red bell peppers roasted or 16-ounces jar roasted red peppers
- 1 cup whole roasted almonds or hazelnuts (we used walnuts)
- 1 small garlic bulb, peeled (we used more)
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup croutons, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoons red hot pepper sauce (optional for some, but we add it everytime)
Here’s the process:
But first, a close-up of our favorite ingredient.
Dry ingredients go into the mixing bowl…
Wet ingredients go into the mixer…
Gradually add in the dry while blending …
…to make the final mixture.
Celebrate and Enjoy!