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Skordalia (Garlic Dip)

Skordalia (Garlic Dip)

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Skordalia is a dip made by combining crushed garlic and mashed potatoes or stale bread (soaked in water) and nuts, and then olive oil is added to make a smooth emulsion.  

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The traditional way is to crash the garlic together with salt in a mortar and pestle but nowadays some people make it in a food processor or blender.

Αs we read in Wikipedia, skordalia is a pleonastic compound of the Greek word skordo (meaning garlic) and the Italian agliata (meaning garlicky).

In the Ionian islands which were under Venetian rule for many years they call it aliada. Skordalia may be the modern equivalent of ancient skorthalmi.

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Traditionally it is served with Bakaliaros (salted codfish) a battered-fried fish, especially during the great Lent period when abstaining from meat, fish and dairy products for fifty days we are allowed to eat fish on Annunciation Day (25th March) and on Palm Sunday (which is the last Sunday before Easter).

Skordalia can also be served with fried vegetables, such as eggplant and zucchini but apart from fish it goes well with roasted meat as well.

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Many years ago, I used to hate garlic and of course I did not eat skordalia or anything with garlic in it.  Once, when my husband and I were invited to a friend’s house for dinner, among other things she prepared skordalia.  I kindly said I did not want any but she insisted that I tried it.  I did not want to insult her so I tried some of her skordalia, which she had made with walnuts and I must say, I am really glad she insisted because I loved it!!

Ever since, I make her skordalia, which is my favourite.

However, my husband prefers his with potatoes, so each time I always make both of them so that we both enjoy it.

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Skordalia with Potatoes (Garlic Dip)

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Skordalia is a side dish with mashed potatoes and garlic, great to accompany fish or other meat dishes.

Ingredients

  • 3 medium potatoes, boiled
  • 2 - 3 cloves garlic, depending how strong you want it
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • Freshly grated black pepper
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar or lemon juice
  • Finely chopped parsley or spring onion, for decoration

Instructions

  1. In a food processor or a blender, puree garlic with 1/3rd of the olive oil or use a pestle and mortar and puree the garlic with the salt (without the olive oil).
  2. Boil the potatoes until soft.
  3. Transfer them to a bowl and mash them with a fork or a potato masher. They do not need to be completely pureed.
  4. Add the olive oil while the potatoes are still warm, the garlic puree and salt, if using the first method, or garlic paste, pepper and mix well. Add vinegar or lemon juice gradually, taste and adjust.
  5. Set aside to cool.
  6. Serve at room temperature.

Notes

The garlic flavour will become stronger as it cools.

If you do not like garlic, use roasted garlic instead, for a milder taste.

Before serving drizzle some more olive oil on top and decorate with an olive or finely chopped parsley or finely chopped spring onion.

Nutrition Information
Yield 2 cups Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 599Total Fat 36gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 30gCholesterol 0mgSodium 620mgCarbohydrates 60gFiber 7gSugar 3gProtein 7g

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Bakaliaros and skordalia

A great side dish to Bakaliaros (battered cod) but also to vegetables.  It pairs well with beets.   

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The second recipe is made with stale bread and walnuts.  It is the traditional recipe, made in Thrace before the potato was imported to Greece.

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Skordalia with Bread and Walnuts (Garlic Dip)

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This is a different Skordalia from Thrace, made with garlic, stale bread and walnuts.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup stale bread (without the crust) after being soaked and water squeezed out
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 3 - 4 cloves of garlic
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar

Instructions

  1. In a food processor or a blender, puree garlic, salt and 1/3rd of the olive oil.
  2. Add the vinegar and walnuts, keeping 2 tablespoons walnuts for the end.
  3. Gradually add the olive oil and the bread and continue until you attain the consistency of a thick sauce.
  4. Taste and adjust if you want more acidity to the dip.
  5. Before ending add the remaining two tablespoons of walnuts, which just crush with your fingers into small pieces and mix into the sauce.
  6. Refrigerate covered for at least one hour before serving.
Nutrition Information
Yield 2 cups Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 838Total Fat 89gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 75gCholesterol 0mgSodium 603mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 5gSugar 1gProtein 8g

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Bakaliaros (Beer Batted Cod)

Penne with Skordalia, Zucchini and Olives

Roasted Garlic

Garlic Sauce

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tanaya

Wednesday 18th of March 2015

i like this dish Skordalia, thanks for sharing..

Cheryl

Wednesday 24th of March 2010

Going to pethera's tomorrow, I'm sure it's going to be on the table. LOVE it! Have a nice day Ivy. :)

ivyliac

Wednesday 24th of March 2010

I am sure half of the Greeks will be making cod and skordalia tomorrow :)

sunita

Sunday 13th of January 2008

That's such a lovely dip...thanks for sending it over...like the cod too :-)

Peter M

Saturday 12th of January 2008

You're Ivy, I'll bring over the kolokothakia and we enjoy that skordalia together!

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