Roasted Potatoes with Salsa Verde
December, 1999

Serves 2 to 4 as a main dish; 4 to 6 as side dish / These potatoes make a great light meal when combined with a salad of watercress, jicama and avocado.

Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cooking Time: 40 minutes

2 ancho chiles
1 medium onion, halved and sliced
4 medium Yukon gold potatoes (about 2 pounds), diced into 1-inch cubes
1 tablespoon dried oregano
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil, or an olive
oil spray
4 cloves garlic, pressed
4 tomatillos, husks removed and finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
2 poblanos, roasted, skinned and chopped
1 chopped serrano or jalapeño (optional)
Juice of 2 limes
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 cup shredded queso enchilado or good-quality Monterey Jack cheese

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Roast anchos in dry sauté pan until softened and aromatic. Remove stems and seeds, tear into pieces, and grind to a powder with a spice grinder or mortar and pestle.

2. In a bowl, toss the ancho chile powder, half the onions, potatoes, oregano, salt, pepper and oil. Coat a baking sheet with oil and distribute potato mixture evenly. Roast for 15 minutes, turn and continue cooking until potatoes are done, about 15 to 20 minutes longer.

3. While potatoes roast, sauté remaining onions for 5 minutes in a saucepan with a little olive oil. Add garlic. Cook another 5 minutes, adding a little water if vegetables begin to stick. Add next 7 ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and mix in lime juice. Taste and adjust seasonings.

4. To serve, arrange potatoes on a platter and top with salsa, cilantro and cheese.

Calories 846,Fat 24,Perfat 25,Cholesterol 25,Carbo 143,Protein N/A,Fiber 22,Sodium N/A