This balanced vegan roasted red pepper sauce is my go-to sauce. Easy to make, a wonderful blend of different flavors, and ubiquitous in its application across foods.
Part of my Sunday meal prep ritual is to make up 2-3 sauces for the week or longer, especially if I’m anticipating one of those weeks where I’m super dad i.e. both kids have extra-curricular activities, wife is traveling for work, and I have deadlines of my own to make. My default in these situations is not to go fast food or these trendy food delivery services. I think more simple recipes than usual with ven more shortcuts taken. This roasted red pepper sauce, like the other sauces in my repertoire, is the perfect solution.
Indulge me if you will. I dumb down the formula even more so it looks like this – grain/legume + green + protein. Specifically, I will boil batches of a few different grains (rice or quinoa) for the week. Day of I will saute green vegetables like kale or broccoli and pan-fry fish, chicken, portobellos. With kids this can get old quick, but the roasted red pepper sauce is da trick. It’s more addictive than Canes chicken tender sauce, and much better for you. We make dinner bowls using the grains + greens + protein formula and top them off with the sauce of the week for which the red pepper sauce is typically used for at least two of the days. The beauty of the sauce is that it really is the connector that brings all the ingredients together.
Roasted Red Pepper Sauce Flavor Profile
The addictive flavor is created by balancing the many different components while also allowing the red pepper to be the foundation. Once you taste you will experience the smokey and earthy paprika, the mellow heat from the chipotle laced adobo sauce, the pungency and tanginess from the mustard and vinegar and the sweet from the hint of honey. They all play a role but as the conductor It’s up to the chef to get them all into harmony.
Typically, there is one particular song I draw from when I’m cooking, but for this recipe I was inspired by Roy Ayer’s entire “Ubiquity” Album. It has something for every mood and is just such a groovy, inspirational and uplifting work. It’s one of my road trip go to’s and takes me back to the days when albums had 6-8 strong songs with no fillers aka songs you skip.
Roasted Red Pepper Sauce Compatible Foods
I recently made hasselback sweet potatoes and topped them with the red pepper sauce. It made for a perfect combination. See below for a list of other foods the sauce works well with:
- Any meat, poultry, or seafood
- Vegetables (celery, cauliflower, eggplant, tomatoes, etc.)
- Bread, crackers, pita chips, biscuits
- Cheeses (feta, blue)
- Lunch/Dinner Bowls
Roasted Red Pepper Sauce Tips & Tricks:
- Use jarred roasted red peppers, but make sure you drain them first.
- If you prefer to use as a dip, then use pulse blender settings until desired consistency is reached
- Sherry or red vinegar make decent substitutes for rice vinegar. They are less sharp than most vinegars which is what you want in this recipe to keep the sauce balanced.
- Store in refrigerator up to a week and freeze up to a month
Roasted red pepper sauce
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- 2 large red bell peppers or jar of roasted red peppers, drained
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon Adobo Sauce (from canned chipotles)
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/4 cup red onion chopped
- 1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 2 basil leaves chopped
- Char bell peppers over gas flame or in broiler until blackened on all sides. Enclose in paper bag 10 minutes. Peel, seed, and coarsely chop bell peppers
- Place all ingredients into a blender jar.
- Blend for 30-60 seconds on high speed, until completely smooth.
- Serve immediately or store in the fridge for 1 week