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Crispy Roasted Potatoes With Creamy Chimichurr­i Sauce

- Recipe tested by Hattie Ulan; email questions to food@

4 servings

These twice-cooked potatoes can be served as a side dish on their own, but their crispy edges are just begging for a dip. This chimichurr­iinspired sauce is perfect for those who love the traditiona­l recipe’s flavors, but want to avoid the copious amounts of oil found in most renditions. If you can find fresh oregano, try using that instead of the more readily available dried version for a brighter result. To round out the meal, pair the potatoes and sauce with an omelet or grilled fish or chicken, and a simple salad of mixed greens.

Active time: 45 mins; Total time: 55 mins, plus 2 hours to soak cashews

MAKE AHEAD: The cashews need to be soaked for at least 2 hours and up to overnight before you can make the sauce.

The potatoes are best eaten immediatel­y. Refrigerat­e the sauce for up to 3 days.

Potatoes recipe adapted from blogger Kathryne Taylor of Cookie and Kate. Sauce recipe from staff writer Emily Codik.

Ingredient­s For the potatoes

1/ teaspoon fine salt, divided,


plus more to taste

1 pound baby potatoes, scrubbed

2 tablespoon­s extra-virgin olive oil, divided

1/ teaspoon freshly ground


black pepper, divided

1 teaspoon garlic powder

For the sauce

1/ cup raw unsalted cashews,


soaked in hot water for 2 hours and up to overnight, rinsed and drained

1/ cup filtered room


temperatur­e water

11/ tablespoon­s red wine



1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 large or 2 small cloves garlic

1/ teaspoon fine salt, or more


to taste

One (3-inch) piece scallion, white and light green parts only

1 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (leaves and tender stems), divided

1 teaspoon dried oregano (see headnote)

1/ teaspoon finely chopped red


or green chile pepper, such as jalapeño, Fresno or aji rojo (ribs and seeds removed for less heat), or more to taste


Make the potatoes: Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 450 degrees. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Bring a medium saucepan with water to a boil over high heat. Season with salt to taste and add the potatoes. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until the potatoes are tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and thoroughly drain the potatoes, removing as much water as possible.

Arrange the potatoes on the prepared sheet and, using the bottom of a water glass so you don’t touch the hot potatoes with your hands, flatten the potatoes. (It’s okay if some pieces break off; those will be the crispiest bits.) Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and season with 1/ teaspoon of the


salt and 1/ teaspoon of the


black pepper. Flip and season the other side with the remaining olive oil, salt and black pepper. Roast for 15 minutes, flip and then continue roasting for an additional 5 to 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are crispy and golden.

Make the sauce: While the potatoes roast, in a blender, combine the cashews, water, vinegar, olive oil, garlic, salt, scallion and 1/ cup of the

2 parsley. Blend until creamy, about 30 seconds. Finely mince the remaining parsley and stir into the sauce along with the oregano and chile. Taste, and season with more salt and/or chile if needed; you should have a generous 1/ cup of sauce.


Transfer the sauce to a small jar or covered bottle and refrigerat­e until needed.

Remove the potatoes from the oven and sprinkle with the garlic powder. Serve with the sauce on the side, for dipping. Nutrition | Per serving (4 ounces potatoes and 2 tablespoon­s sauce): 268 calories, 6 g protein, 26 g carbohydra­tes, 17 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholestero­l, 461 mg sodium, 4 g dietary fiber, 2 g sugar

 ?? PHOTOS by REY LOPEZ FOR THE WASHINGTON POST; Food STYLING by Lisa CHERKASKY FOR THE WASHINGTON POST ?? The flat bottom of a glass is the perfect tool for smashing the boiled potatoes on the pan.
PHOTOS by REY LOPEZ FOR THE WASHINGTON POST; Food STYLING by Lisa CHERKASKY FOR THE WASHINGTON POST The flat bottom of a glass is the perfect tool for smashing the boiled potatoes on the pan.

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