- Cooking Time: 30 mins
- Servings: 2 small bowls
- Preparation Time: 10 mins
- 4 medium organic Russet (floury) potatoes washed and scrubbed, but not peeled
- 6-12 cloves of raw finely chopped garlic to taste
- 1 cup blanched or slivered raw almonds
- 2 Tbsp white vinegar
- 5 Tbsp lemon juice or more to taste
- ½ cup cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
- freshly ground pepper and Celtic sea salt to taste
- 1 bunch of chopped cilantro/coriander finely chopped
- 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 or put through a ricer.
- 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 flavors.
NotesDo yourself a favor and partake of this simple rustic treat inspired by the fabulous spud. As anyone will happily agree – a spud is never a dud; and these mashed spuds are simple and sublime. 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. I like to put my spuds through the ricer to get a little air in them. It also creates a fabulous texture that looks a bit more interesting than your standard clumps of potato. This dip is extremely versatile. It is fantastic spread on grilled 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. 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.
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