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,
- For the Romesco:
- 2 medium red bell peppers
- 1 cup salted roasted almonds, chopped (4 ounces)
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
- 1 large garlic clove, chopped
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- For the Nachos:
- 1/2 cup grated Manchego cheese
- 8-10 two inch long, flat Italian or Spanish style breadsticks, crackers, or flatbread
- 1 tablespoon finely grated Parmesan cheese
- slices of jamon Serrano or prosciutto and green olives, optional for serving
- Make the romesco: Roast the pepper directly over a gas flame or under a preheated broiler until blackened all over. Transfer to a plate and let cool. Peel; discard the stem and seeds. Coarsely chop the pepper.
- In a food processor, process the roasted pepper with the almonds, vinegar, parsley, and garlic to a paste. With the machine on, slowly blend in the olive oil. Transfer the sauce to a bowl and season with salt.
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Top each breadstick with a heaping teaspoon of grated cheese.
- Bake in the oven until the cheese is melted and beginning to brown, 6-8 minutes.
- Dollop a little of the romesco sauce on each nacho (reserve the rest of the romesco for another use). Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.
- Serve immediately with ham and olives.
Serves 1 and makes about 1 1/2 cups of romesco sauce.
- Appetizers, Finger Foods