Turkey & Avocado Sandwich with Romesco Sauce

Turkey & Avocado Sandwich with Romesco Sauce

Romesco sauce is like the nerdy girl with glasses who sits quietly in the corner reading. No one pays her any attention. She’s just not one of the popular girls like Pesto and Aioli. Poor Romesco – why do people ignore her? Well anyway, it’s quite a shame that they do, because Romesco sauace is quick, easy and goes with just about anything from pork tenderloin to fried eggs to big turkey and avocado sandwiches.

You start by toasting almonds until they’re brown and aromatic, then blending them with roasted red peppers, olive oil, garlic, sweet paprika, sherry vinegar and red pepper flakes. It’s a little nutty, a little acidic and very very bold. So, go ahead – be bold! Use this sauce to dress a simple bowl of pasta, slather it on a sandwich or simply dip some pita into it. I’m sure you’ll find that you love it and, like me, you’ll wonder why it’s not part of the popular clique.

Romesco Sauce

1/2 cup whole almonds
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 1/2 cups roasted red peppers
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sherry vinegar (or white or red wine vinegar)
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp. sweet paprika

Set a pan over medium heat and add the almonds. Toast them in the pan, stirring occasionally, for about 7 minutes, or until they’re aromatic and starting to brown. Remove from heat and let cool a bit.

Add the almonds and remaining ingredients to a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth.

Makes about 2 1/2 cups of sauce.

Turkey & Avocado Sandwich with Romesco Sauce

4 slices pumpernickel bread (or your favorite sandwich bread)
few slices cracked pepper turkey
2 slices provolone cheese
1 small avocado, sliced
handful of arugula
1 tbsp. mayonnaise
few tablespoons Romesco sauce (recipe above)

Toast the bread, then layer the ingredients onto 2 slices of bread: mayo, turkey, provolone, avocado, Romesco sauce and arugula. Top with another slice of bread, cut down the middle and enjoy!

Makes 2 large sandwiches.

16 Comments

  1. We had no idea that was called a romesco sauce. We’ve seen similar recipes where it was used as a dip. At the time, using it on a sandwich did sound great, and you proved it.

  2. I have never ingorned Ms. Romesco.
    I made her a lot this spring with grilled spring onions, artichokes, grilled shrimp and anything else that would pair nicely with her.
    I love her! It’s my favorite dip!
    Your sandwich is mouth watering!

  3. That sandwich looks so fabulous! The perfect weekend lunch. I guess I’m one of the guilty ones…I’ve never tried romesco!! I’ll have to keep this bookmarked.

  4. That is definitely not just a FEW slices of turkey! It’s like a MOUNTAIN of turkey! Love it!

  5. Elaine Nan says:

    Where have I been? I have missed out on Romesco. The minute I saw almonds, I new I had to try this. thanks!

  6. I’ve always been a sucker for the nerdy girl with glasses, so it’s no surprise that I love romesco sauce. Well made with deeply roasted peppers and the right amount of tang from the vinegar it’s surprisingly full of flavour — I’m just fine leaving everyone else to pine over the popular crowd.

  7. lovely vibrant photo and it sounds delish!

  8. Oh yeah, I love nerdy little romesco! This sandwich looks fabulous, with the romesco sauce oozing out the sides.

  9. wow,first, picture looks amazing, it says -eat me!! and -eat me know!! :-)
    and I think I will, def, will give a try to this poor nerdy girl..

  10. I just bought everything and tried this. REALLY GOOD!

  11. I’d never had Romesco sauce before, but I made your recipe and loved it! The taste reminded me of my favorite tapas restaurant. Either they put this anonymously on something or the flavors are just distinctly Spanish.

    I put it on grilled asparagus last night and a turkey sandwich for lunch today. Next I think I’ll try it on eggs. Or roasted potatoes. Or…

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  13. I’m discovering romesco for the first time..it’s a whole new world. ;)

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  15. People don’t make passes at romesco sauce, as Dorothy Parker said.

  16. Looks good, but definitely not vegetarian as the tag says!

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