Just as all the sweet peppers from the CSA were taking over my vegetable drawer I got this recipe for Massa de Pimentão (Sweet Red Pepper Paste) in my email. Isn’t the result wonderful looking…
I mixed a few spoonfuls of the paste with grated cheese. Fancy pimento cheese. Spread it on bread and transformed it into a grilled cheese sandwich. Pair it with a cup of soup for a perfect cold rainy night comfort meal.
The red pepper paste makes a great marinade too, or a replacement for ketchup. A very versatile sauce and easy to prepare too. Especially if you are lazy like me and skip the peeling the peppers steps. Tsk tsk, I know but I doubt I would have noticed the difference.
I used a portion of the paste to make a sauce similar to Spanish Romesco. I recently had Romesco sauce for the first time and I was blown away. I went to dinner at my favorite local place Autre Monde, it was served with vegetables and I could have eaten it by the spoonful. And maybe I did. Of course my version (this recipe replacing hazelnuts with peanuts and using the sweet red pepper paste in place of the roasted peppers, garlic, and most of the oil) didn’t turn out anywhere near as good as Autre Monde’s version, but it was still pretty damn tasty.
It made a great addition to fried green tomatoes. I spread some on crusty bread and broiled it for a light dinner with a side of tomato salad, and as an accompaniment to roasted broccoli and cauliflower. Maybe I even ate it by the spoonful.