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Salt-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Green Sauce

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  1. 1 cups - Water
  2. 2 tablespoons - Salt
  3. 1 cloves - Garlic peeled
  4. 4 cups - Cilantro Leaves and Stems roughly cut
  5. 1 - Tomatillo peeled and rinsed
  6. 1/2 tablespoons - Cumin
  7. 1 teaspoons - Sugar
  8. 1 tablespoons - Sherry Vinegar
  9. 1 cups - Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  10. 1/2 tablespoons - Oregano
  11. 1/4 teaspoons - Crushed Red Pepper
  12. 4 cups - Kosher Salt
  13. 8 - Sweet Potatoes small, equal-sized, scrubbed, not peeled
  14. 2 tablespoons - Extra Virgin Olive Oil


Make mojo verde:
In a small saucepan combine 1 cup water with 2 tablespoons salt and 1 clove peeled garlic. Simmer 2 minutes. Drain and place garlic and 2 tablespoons salty water in blender. Add cilantro leaves and stems, small tomatillo, cumin and sugar and blend until smooth. Add 1 tablespoon Sherry vinegar. While motor is running, add 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil in a thin stream. Scrape sauce into to a bowl and whisk in 1⁄2 tablespoon oregano and 1⁄4 teaspoon crushed red pepper. Add salt and vinegar to taste. Set aside.

Make Potatoes:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place 4 cups kosher salt in a large bowl. Add water to salt, 1⁄4 cup at a time, until it is the texture of damp sand. (You will use approximately 1 cup of water; it should not pool outside the salt.)

In an oven-proof dish just large enough to accommodate 8 small, equal-size sweet potatoes, scrubbed but not peeled, scatter a 1⁄4-inch layer of damp salt. Arrange potatoes atop salt layer, leaving even spaces between them. Pack remaining salt around and on top of potatoes. Cover with foil and bake until tender, 35 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool for 15 minutes.

When potatoes are cool enough to handle, dust them off and discard salt. Cut potatoes in 1-inch slices and smash each lightly to form thick discs. (Potatoes can be prepared ahead up to this point.)

Heat 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil in a nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add smashed sweet potatoes and brown on both sides, about 6 minutes. To serve, drizzle potatoes with mojo verde and serve remaining sauce on the side in a small bowl.


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