Do yourself a favour and partake of this simple rustic treat inspired by the fabulous spud. There are a ton of fantastic skordalia recipes out there. A lot of them use crusty bread, which is of course, is a recipe for disaster, for those of us snouting in the gluten-free trough. I like this simple easy alternative that uses almonds.
Wash and scrub the potatoes, and cover them with cold water and a generous pinch of Celtic sea salt. Bring them to the boil, and then simmer for about half an hour until cooked. Alternatively, you could steam your potatoes.
Mince your garlic, and then puree in the food processor with your olive oil and almonds to create a garlic paste.
Drain your potatoes, and gently remove the skin. Gently mash your spuds.
Gently fold through half of the garlic paste, and then slowly add the lemon juice, vinegar, salt and pepper to taste.
To finish – stir through some freshly chopped cilantro, parsley, or chives. I have put quantities as a guide only.
I like to slowly add in a teaspoon of lemon juice and vinegar in small amounts, and then taste. It can get very rich and tart quickly. So I always hold back half of the ingredients and add each in alternatively to get exactly the right blend of flavours.
This dip is extremely versatile. It is fantastic spread on barbecued vegetable kebabs; wonderful as a paste spread for fish; and delicious served with crusty bread. It is also a sensational healthier alternative to the standard creamy mashed potatoes.
Vary the garlic
If you are serving it as a dip or paste you can afford a richer taste as you will only be eating a little. But if you are serving this as a vegetable side, a milder taste might be more appropriate, as this can be very over bearing if you are too heavy handed with the garlic.