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
Do 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.
1Wash 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.
2Mince your garlic, and then puree in the food processor with your olive oil and almonds to create a garlic paste.
3Drain your potatoes, and gently remove the skin. Gently mash your spuds or put through a ricer.
4Gently fold through half of the garlic paste, and then slowly add the lemon juice, vinegar, salt and pepper to taste.
5To finish – stir through some freshly chopped cilantro, parsley, or chives. I have put quantities as a guide only.
6I 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.
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