My parents’ fridge is always “stocked”.  By which I mean, there’s a sixty-gallon tub of mayo, at least four bottles of ketchup, and multiple mustard containers with varying degrees of crusting going on in their lids sitting in there at all times.

Is it any wonder, then, that I grew up totally condiment averse?  That the little packets that come with just about any take-out meal give me nightmares?  (Ummm unless we’re talking soy sauce. Which I could, and sometimes do, drink straight.)  That I gag a little bit at the sight of those signature squirt bottles?

Right now I bet you’re seriously amazed that I had any friends growing up. Yeah, me too.


After years of dry sandwiches, boring burgers, and less-than-stellar tacos, I’ve worked myself up to the point where I can allow sauces on my foods.

Pesto, guacamole, hummus, tabasco…all totally acceptable.

And now, romesco sauce can be added to that list.  Infused with bell peppers, tomatoes, and almonds, it’s no wonder that this puree was pretty much love at first spoonful(s).  (I had to “taste test” it at least five times to be sure I liked it. Obviously.)

I have grand plans to smear it on everything I eat, love and cherish (friends and family – be wary if I come at you with a spoon), but first up was these tostadas.

Inspired by the recipe for Roasted Potatoes with Chicken and Romesco Sauce from the Food Matters Cookbook, which was Mireya’s Food Matters Project choice for this week, I decided to roast just about every veggie I had in my fridge, toss them with this romesco sauce and then place them atop a crispy delicious Tortilla Land tortilla.  And thus, these tostadas were born,.


Both light and satisfying at the same time, these make for an excellent summer meal.

And while they won’t necessarily cure me of my mayo/mustard/ketchup disdain…they’ve at least given me one more sauce that I can use to lubricate my food.  And/or eat straight from my fridge for a midnight snack.

Obviously they’re not helping with the not-being-a-weirdo-at-the-lunch-table thing.  Oh well. Whatever.  Fitting in is overrated anyway.


Roasted Potatoes, Zucchini and Corn Tostadas with Romesco Sauce
Serves 5, adapted from The Food Matters Cookbook


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lb new potatoes or other small potatoes, halved
  • salt and black pepper
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 3 zucchini, cut into thin half moons
  • 4 ears corn
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1 large red bell pepper, roughly chopped
  • 1 large or 2 medium ripe tomatoes, cored and roughly chopped
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 packed cup fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 5 Tortilla Land tortillas (or other flour tortillas)

Instructions asdf

  1. Heat the oven to 400.  Put the potatoes on the pan.  Drizzle 1 tbsp olive oil over the top of them and toss to coat.  Spread in a single layer and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Roast, undisturbed, until they’re just beginning to sizzle, about 10 minutes.
  2. Top the potatoes with the rosemary, then the zucchini and corn kernels.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 15-20 minutes or until zucchini is starting to brown.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the almonds, bell pepper, tomato, garlic, parsley and vinegar in a food processor.  With the machine running, add 1 tbsp of olive oil and puree into a thick paste.  Season with salt and pepper.
  4. When the potato mix is done, toss it with the romesco sauce.
  5. Heat a nonstick skillet. Place one tortilla on the skillet and cook 1 minute or until bubbles start to form.  Flip it over and cook for another 30 seconds.  Top the tortilla with some of the potato romesco mix.  Repeat with remaining tortillas.

DISCLOSURE – I received these Tortilla Land tortillas for free, however my thoughts and opinions on their deliciousness are all my own!

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70 Responses to Roasted Potatoes, Zucchini and Corn Tostadas with Romesco Sauce (food matters project}

  1. Roasting veggies is pretty much always a great idea. These look so fresh and very yummy!

  2. Beth says:

    This sounds so delicious. And so easy. How is that possible? Can’t wait to try it!

  3. I roast veggies ALL the time. You honestly can’t go wrong!! Love the addition of the fresh summer veggies of zucchini and corn. I have both of those on hand right now!!

  4. london bakes says:

    I’m really not a condiment person either. I’ve trained myself to like mayo (with fries only) but other than that, they leave me pretty cold. I think I could get behind a romesco sauce though!

  5. You know what else is great with romesco sauce? Chickpeas! Got that recipe from you and it is so delicious.. I should definitely make it again, infusing it with roasted veggies… yum!

  6. You are ALWAYS welcome at my lunch table! Just bring one of your billion delicious recipes!

  7. This looks SO good. I have to admit, I’ve always been a bit of a condiment junkie…

  8. Barbara says:

    I am not a great fan of red sauces, but I can barely see it in your photos. This looks delicious, Joanne!

  9. There is not dish that summer corn cannot enhance!! I kind of love condiments — and i absolutely adore Tortilla Land tortillas. This is a great meal!

  10. Simply Life says:

    oh these look and sound amazing- I love all the different veggies together in this!

  11. Saguna says:

    Other kids’ ketchup addictions (in sandwiches, on chips, straight up) always mystified me. I’m a mustard girl. I love a good crispy french fry and some honey mustard. Never tried romesco sauce but it sounds spoon-lickable to me…The veggies look awesome too.

  12. Danielle says:

    I love roasted vegetables -I may need to try this sauce. I have never made a romesco before. Looks delish as always!!

  13. Amy says:

    I’m a mayo gal. I put it on everything. Always have. It makes my Dad shudder. It was only when I reached my 30’s that I came to understand most people think it’s disgusting. Your parents would love me!

  14. Elizabeth says:

    I love romesco sauce. I could eat it on so many things

  15. Mary says:

    Potatoes, Zucchini and Corn should pretty much be allowed to marry. They simply belong together and I can not get enough of that combination. Romanesco sauce on top? Most definitely!

  16. sandra says:

    fitting in is over rated… amen to that!!

  17. Hello from Japan. It is a very nice blog. My favorite is the menu.

  18. marie says:

    My mom is all about not wasting and continues to bring home those little condiment packages. It drives me up the wall because I am not sure she ever uses them.

  19. That’s not stocked it’s overstocked! I was never one for putting anything on my sandwiches growing up except potato chips 🙂 My mom always used Miracle Whip which I couldn’t stand! 😛 She called it mayonnaise…so i grew up thinking I didn’t like mayo, but it was really MW. To this day I don’t use ketchup, I don’t think I have any in the house. My daughter is now liking sauces on things now and this one sounds great! I do have a lot of pesto and hummus around, and the mayo is a wasabi mayo or sriracha mayo!

    I can’t wait to try your famous tostada! Perfect way to use the summer veggies! Tasty too!

  20. Ohhh serious yum going on here. That sauce sounds fantastic! Did you scoop this up into a taco of sorts? I’ve been wanting to try tortilla land tortillas…

  21. Well I might be one of those people that has a 60 gallon jar of mayo in the fridge.
    Or maybe not.
    As a kid my parents did not cook. With all the traveling we did, we ate out a lot.
    I think our fridge held water and juice.

  22. Shannon says:

    romesco sauce is definitely heads and shoulders above mayo 😉 my favorite condiments these days are definitely hummus and guacamole, but pestos have been frequent as well with my basil plant going crazy.

  23. A satisfying and delectable potato dish! Romescon sauce sounds amazing.

  24. I love roasting veggies! And that romesco sauce sounds to die for! I’ve never had it before but I know I’ll love it!

  25. Marcia says:

    that looks so amazing! I am only getting potatoes every other week from the CSA…makes me sad!

  26. Jenna says:

    Heh heh–while reading your post and salivating over your pictures, baby Alice started kicking. I think she’s hungry for some Joanne-cooked food.

  27. Tandy says:

    I’m salivating over the romesco sauce 🙂

  28. Cathleen says:

    Haha, you sound like my boyfriend. He HATES all kinds of sauce. Whenever he eats spaghetti, he eats it plain, no sauce. When he eats salad: plain, no dressing.
    This looks to DIE for. I can’t believe I haven’t made anything with potatoes in so long!

  29. Eileen says:

    Yay, beautiful tostadas! I love the potato-zucchini-corn mix–it just feels like a very right, very central American combination. I don’t think I’ve ever made romesco sauce, but it’s going on the list now!

  30. Margarita says:

    i love how you made use of summer bounty here! 🙂 this looks really delish!
    i’m not a condiment fan either, except for ketchup, Sriracha, and Tabasco. LOL!

  31. Jenn Kendall says:

    this is a seriously delicious meal, i’m dying to try!

  32. I’m kind of with you – loathe mayo, unless it is made properly, with eggs, in my own kitchen. Not that fussed on ketchup and bbq sauce either. On the other hand I adore things like mango chutney, lime pickle, fig and lemon preserves, and my latest fad – chilli jam. I’m pretty sure I’d love this romesco sauce too.

  33. For some reason I’ve been craving the zucchini/corn combo lately. Romesco sauce sounds like a great way to bring them together!

  34. I am with you Joanne – I could put this sauce on ANYTHING and EVERYTHING! so good 🙂

  35. Looks great! I love the veggie combo!

  36. Guru Uru says:

    Tostaadas seem to be the new burrito my friend, yous look delicious 😀


  37. daphne says:

    ooo.. haha, I am tending to stock up these days with a bigger fridge and freezer! this quick and easy salad looks like it will be a hit for everything! Like picnics, dinners..etc.

  38. Candace says:

    I am so in love with these tostadas that I can’t stand it. Seriously, I must have these.

  39. OohLookBel says:

    I absolutely LOVE this salad! So tasty and fresh-looking, will have to try it soon and maybe use up some of the condiments in my fridge 😛

  40. Erica says:

    I hope I have enough time to make this dish this week! It looks delicious and healthy!

  41. Bookmarked! I love htat you have added this sauce to the list – fab!!

  42. Kari says:

    I used to dislike sauces and condiments because of the sliminess. It just icked me out. The one exception was sweet chilli sauce. Over time, I’ve expanded out, and now I’m keen to add this to my repertoire too – what a wonderful sauce, and dish 🙂

  43. Faith says:

    Sigh…would you believe I haven’t tried Romesco sauce? (I’m hanging my head in shame over here, lol.) Totally inspired though…this looks amazing!

  44. kankana says:

    Lovely weeknight meal with all those potatoes it is .. yummy!

  45. potatoes and tostadas? GENIUS! Once again- why didn’t i think of that!

  46. Reeni says:

    I recently discovered romesco sauce too! It is the bomb! I bet it made your tostadas super tasty and extra special!

  47. Kerstin says:

    I love all the summer veggies in these – they look just delightful 🙂

  48. That Girl says:

    My idea of stocked is very different from your idea of stocked!

  49. Hotly Spiced says:

    My parents wouldn’t allow us to many condiments. They said they were paid for us and would prevent us from properly being able to taste our food. So when I’d go to friends’ homes I would drown my food in mayo and tomato sauce! Love the look of this dish Joanne. Great flavours there xx

  50. Deborah says:

    I hope you never take a look inside my fridge – we are condiment hoarders!! I love romesco, and this looks fantastic!

  51. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Yes please! Seriously your food inspires me to eat less meat. It’s just so beautiful!

  52. Ooh! That looks so good and healthy! Haha.. I’m exactly the same way as you!! I never add condiments to anything I eat. Unless it’s already been cooked together with it, I usually don’t add anything extra! I even have sushi plain, without wasabi, ginger, or soy sauce!!

  53. Ooh! That looks so good and healthy! Haha.. I’m exactly the same way as you!! I never add condiments to anything I eat. Unless it’s already been cooked together with it, I usually don’t add anything extra! I even have sushi plain, without wasabi, ginger, or soy sauce!!

  54. Absolutely divine, lovely! 🙂 I’m a huge fan of real condiments, of homemade, interesting ones. 🙂 This sounds fantastic. 🙂

  55. Miriam says:

    That tostada looks amazing!!! As I’ve said before, your parents crack me up. 🙂
    I’m glad you’re allowing some awesome sauces in your life 🙂
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  56. Johanna GGG says:

    Fitting in IS overrated – and so are condiments! E loves lots of condiments while I am just not keen on them on most foods – even the smell of tomato sauce (ie ketchup) is just horrid on some days.

    I love your tostadas

  57. Lynn says:

    Just looking at that made my tummy rumble. Breakfast….

  58. bellini says:

    This is a fantastic dish Joanne. Everything I enjoy. Can’t wait for my fingerling potatoes to be ready in my little garden.

  59. Pam says:

    I can’t believe you don’t like condiments…

    This tostada looks fanfreakingtastic! Is that a word?

  60. Yup that pretty much qualifies as a plate of heaven!

  61. Catherine says:

    Oh my Joanne, This looks wonderful. These potatoes are delicious looking. I would enjoy this. Blessings dearest. Catherine xoxo

  62. Oh I know what you mean. A big jar of mayo on toast, anyone? Lol I like this sauce though.

  63. Claudia says:

    Wow, what a dysfunctional childhood you survived. It led you to innovation though, and I would agree that fitting in is overrated. This sauce sounds amazing.

  64. YUP. I would happily devour this…you know I love me some Tortillaland Tortillas! And the goodies on top are just a bonus 😉

  65. vianney says:

    a flavor packed tostadas, love it!!

  66. Rachana says:

    This Tostada looks awesomeee…. So flavourful and delicious.

  67. elly says:

    If I’m at a restaurant and someone I’m with gets a side of mayo, the sight of the mayo jiggling in the cup alone is enough to give me nightmares. I’m not huge into condiments, either. Tostadas, though, I can get behind 100% of the time.

  68. Cara says:

    Hate to say it but I’ve kind of been in a veggie rut lately. However, this looks to be the perfect cure…

  69. Kevin says:

    Just look at all of the fresh summer produce in these tasty looking tostadas!

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