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Can be made ahead of time.
Romesco is a Catalan sauce that is made with bell peppers, almonds, tomatoes, garlic, and usually some bread. In my version, mayonnaise provides body and the orange juice adds some zing. The result is a condiment that is superb not only with pork but also with fish, poultry, and Spain’s traditional prosciutto-like Serrano ham.
1. Heat 4 tablespoons of the olive oil in a saucepan over low heat. Add the garlic and cook until pale gold, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove the garlic with a mesh skimmer and set aside in a small bowl. Add the almonds to the pan, raise the heat slightly, and cook, stirring, until golden, about 3 minutes. Add the almonds to the garlic.
2. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons oil to the pan. Add the bell peppers and onions and cook, stirring, over medium-low heat until they are very soft, 15 minutes. Add the tomatoes, orange zest, and orange juice. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes to blend the flavors. Add the garlic and almonds and cook for 2 minutes more. Remove from the heat and allow to cool, then puree in a food processor or blender.
3. Stir this mixture into the mayonnaise and refrigerate, covered, until ready to use. It will keep for up to 3 days.
Nutritional information is based on 64 servings and includes 1/2 teaspoon of added salt.