Skordalia is a Greek Potato Garlic Dip. This uniquely flavored dip is very rich and creamy, and it’s fantastic with pita chips, vegetables, and spread into sandwiches.
Inspiration for Skordalia (Greek Potato Garlic Dip)
Last weekend, with live Greek music and plates breaking in the background, I ate one of the most delicious Greek meals ever.
The Greek Authentic Cuisine restaurant is in downtown Santa Cruz, CA.
Among a few chefs in the open kitchen, I could see the owner, a Greek man, Vasili Karagiannopoulos, overseeing the operation and cooking like mad.
I think the rest of the crew were his family. Check out the funky interior. Perfect, right?
Greek Potato Garlic Dip
I could not stop eating a thick, creamy, garlicky creation called Skordalia, which was just one of several crazy delicious things on the appetizer platter.
In Greek cuisine, Skorthalia is made primarily with garlic and potato (though there are many variations), and is a used as a dip, a sauce or spread — and it has made its way to the top of my favorite foods list (the savory favorite foods list, that is.)
What’s in my Greek Potato Garlic Dip?
- olive oil
- apple cider vinegar
Is Skordalia served hot or cold?
- Skordalia is best served at room temperature.
What do you eat Skordalia with?
- This potato garlic dip is delicioius served with pita chips and tortilla chips.
- It’s also fantastic as a “sauce” for fish, and spread into sandwiches of all sorts.
I did my best to recreate here what I tasted at the Greek Authentic Cuisine — it’s pretty close, but I would love to chat with Vasili to hear exactly how he makes it.
Enjoy the Skordalia!
Skordalia is a Greek Potato Garlic Dip. This uniquely flavored dip is very rich and creamy, and it's fantastic with pita chips, vegetables, and spread into sandwiches.
Makes about 1¼ cups
- ¾ pound Idaho Russet potato (about 1 small potato)
- about 8 garlic cloves, peeled with stems removed (about ⅓ cup)
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1½ tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- salt to taste
Peel the potato and cut it into large chunks.
Add the potato chunks and garlic cloves to a pot with enough cold water to cover everything by about an inch. Bring to a boil, reduce to a strong simmer and cook until a fork can easily slide in out out of the potatoes, about 7 minutes.
Pour the potatoes and garlic into a fine mesh strainer and drain the water over the sink. Then place the strainer over a deep bowl, and use the back of a large metal spoon to press the soft potatoes and garlic through the strainer. (If you have a ricer, that's perfect to use, too.) You'll have a mixture that looks as though it's on it's way to being mashed potatoes.
Add the oil and vinegar and mix just to blend. Season to taste with sea salt. (Here's how.)
Serve at room temperature with pita chips, bread, fish, or whatever you desire.
I love how incredibly garlicky this is -- however, if you want to tone it down a bit, simply use fewer cloves.
1st restaurant photo credit: John Kenney – 2nd restaurant photo credit: Urban Spoon