Taramosalata (and not taramasalata, as is often mistakenly written, as it is not correct Greek,) is a wonderful mezes or appetizer made with red or white fish roe of the cod or carp fish. It is enjoyed not only during the Lenten period but all the year round.
There are two types of roe: the white and the pink one. The white one is considered to be of a higher quality than the pink one and I personally prefer the white one, not that the pink one is not good. The most common one which you will find in the restaurants is the pink one and my daughter likes it better so I usually prepare that one as well.
To make taramosalata, stale bread without the crust is soaked in water and when soft the water is squeezed out. In a blender you add the roe, as well as olive oil, lemon juice and onion and blend until creamy. Finally the bread is incorporated to form a dip of the consistency of mayonnaise.
It can be decorated with parsley, spring onion or black olives.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Makes about 1 cup
70 grams of white taramas (fish roe)
1 small onion
8 slices of toast bread, soaked in water
1/3 cup olive oil
about 1/3 cup lemon juice
Begin by soaking the bread in water, until soft. Squeeze to remove all the water.
In a blender add the onion and half of the lemon juice (or some of the olive oil) and blend on low speed until pureed. Add the taramas and mix to blend. Start adding the olive oil a tablespoon at a time, until all the oil is added.
Add the bread and continue mixing until the bread is incorporated. Continue adding more lemon juice and tasting until you are satisfied with the acidity.
If taramas is too salty for your taste, add more soaked bread.
Blend until a very nice, creamy smooth dip of a consistency like mayonnaise is reached.
Place the taramosalata in the refrigerator, in a bowl with a lid or covered with cling film, for a few hours, to avoid forming a crust on top, and then serve chilled with pita bread.
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