Leeks Romesco with Crumbled Garrotxa Cheese Recipe

Leeks Romesco with Crumbled Garrotxa Cheese Recipe

How To Make Leeks Romesco with Crumbled Garrotxa Cheese

You’ll surely love this delicious and tangy Leeks Romesco dish with a hint of tomatoes, bell peppers, and a unique flavor brought by Garrotxa cheese.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 40 minutes
Total: 1 hour



  • 1small red bell pepper
  • ½cupextra-virgin olive oil,plus an addtional 2 tbsp
  • ¼cupunsalted almonds,whole, blanched
  • ½cupwhite bread without crusts,firm textured, cubed to ¼-inch pieces
  • 2clovesgarlic
  • 2plum tomatoes
  • 3tbspsherry vinegar
  • salt and cayenne pepper
  • 6medium leeks
  • ¼cupchicken stock,or low-sodium broth
  • 4ozGarrotxa cheese,or other tangy cheese, crumbled
  • crusty sourdough bread


  1. Lightly brush the bell pepper with olive oil and roast it directly over a gas flame or under the broiler, turning frequently, until charred all over.

  2. Transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let stand for 15 minutes.

  3. Peel, core, and seed the pepper and cut it into thick strips.

  4. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil until shimmering.

  5. Add the almonds, and cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly, for about 5 minutes until golden.

  6. Transfer to a cutting board and let cool slightly, then coarsely chop.

  7. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in the skillet.

  8. Add the bread cubes and cook over moderate heat, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes until golden and crisp.

  9. Transfer to a plate.

  10. Heat another 1 tablespoon of olive oil in the skillet.

  11. Add the bell pepper strips and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes until the garlic is lightly golden and softened.

  12. Add the tomatoes and cook for 1 minute longer.

  13. Transfer to a large mortar or food processor and let cool.

  14. Add the fried almonds to the bell pepper mixture and using a pestle, pound to a coarse paste, or pulse in the processor.

  15. Add the toasted bread cubes and 1 tablespoon of olive oil, then pound and stir, or pulse, until the sauce is emulsified.

  16. Gradually add ¼ cup of olive oil, stirring and pounding, or pulsing, until emulsified.

  17. Stir in 2 tablespoons of the sherry vinegar and season with salt and cayenne.

  18. In a large deep skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil until shimmering.

  19. Add the leeks and cook over moderate heat, turning occasionally, for about 10 minutes until lightly browned and barely softened.

  20. Add the chicken stock and the remaining 1 tablespoon of sherry vinegar, season with salt and cayenne, and bring to a boil.

  21. Cover the leeks and cook over moderate heat for 10 to 12 minutes longer until tender.

  22. Let the leeks cool, then drain.

  23. Arrange the braised leeks on a large platter.

  24. Spoon ½ of the romesco sauce over the leeks.

  25. Sprinkle the crumbled Garrotxa cheese on top and serve with crusty bread and the remaining romesco on the side.


  • Calories: 521.27kcal
  • Fat: 41.92g
  • Saturated Fat: 9.71g
  • Trans Fat: 0.34g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 25.04g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.72g
  • Carbohydrates: 26.98g
  • Fiber: 4.51g
  • Sugar: 7.82g
  • Protein: 12.17g
  • Cholesterol: 29.37mg
  • Sodium: 651.05mg
  • Calcium: 309.56mg
  • Potassium: 471.05mg
  • Iron: 3.73mg
  • Vitamin A: 227.58µg
  • Vitamin C: 44.40mg
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