Beef Skewers with Romesco Sauce

Beef Skewers with Romesco Sauce

Serves 6 as an appetizer; 4 as a main course

These are a popular choice in tapas bars. This version uses flavorful sirloin with a quick and easy recipe for Spain's famous almond-and-red pepper sauce.

Ingredients: 
  • Romesco Sauce
  • 3/4 cup 1/2-inch cubes stale bread
  • 1/3 cup Marcona almonds
  • 2 small garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 small tomato, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup drained roasted red bell peppers
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika (pimentón)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Beef Skewers
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • pinch cayenne or hot paprika
  • 1 1/4 pound beef sirloin, trimmed of fat and cut into 1-inch cubes
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Method: 

For the sauce, combine bread and almonds in a food processor and process until finely ground. Add garlic, tomato, peppers, vinegar, salt and smoked paprika; process until puréed, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl once or twice. With the machine running, pour the oil through the feed tube. Transfer to a bowl.

For the beef, soak 12 small (6-inch) bamboo skewers in cold water for at least 30 minutes before cooking. In a large bowl, whisk together oil, garlic, sweet paprika, cumin, salt and cayenne. Add beef cubes, toss to coat, and set aside for at least 10 minutes, or refrigerate up to 1 day.

Heat a grill pan over high heat or prepare an outdoor grill for medium-heat cooking. Thread 3 to 4 beef cubes on each skewer, being sure that the tip is covered by beef. Grill, turning occasionally, until beef is browned, 4 to 5 minutes on an outdoor grill and 6 to 7 minutes on a grill pan. Serve the skewers hot with room temperature Romesco sauce.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:Serving size: based on 6 servings, 300 calories (170 from fat), 19g total fat, 4g saturated fat, 60mg cholesterol, 690mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (2g dietary fiber, 3g sugar), 23g protein
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