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Author Notes: Skordalia is a Greek condiment made of either potatoes or stale bread and highly seasoned with garlic, olive oil, lemon juice and/or vinegar. I have turned this into a hearty warming soup perfect for thawing out on freezing winter days.
The level of garlic is usually quite heavy, so feel free to adjust to your taste preference and/or roast it to mellow the flavor. —gr8chefmb
- 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 1/4 cup coarse ground salt [DIVIDED USE]
- 10 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
- 1-1/2 cups blanched almonds
- 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
- 6 cups low-sodium chicken stock
- 3 tablespoons fresh chopped dill
- 6 tablespoons Sour Cream [GARNISH]
- 1 small cucumber, peeled, seeded and finely diced
- 6 tablespoons toasted slivered almonds
- Put the potatoes in a Dutch oven and cover with cold water by 2 inches and season generously with salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, lower the heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook until very tender, about 30 minutes. Drain the potatoes and let cool slightly. Puree the potatoes through a food mill or ricer into the Dutch oven.
- Meanwhile, on a cutting board, lightly sprinkle the garlic with 1 tablespoon of the salt and smash it into a fine paste with the side of a cook's knife.
- In a food processor, combine the garlic, almonds, and oil and puree into a paste. Mix the oil mixture into the potatoes until incorporated; then mix in the remaining salt, water, lemon juice, vinegar and pepper.
- Place pan back on stove over medium heat and whisk in chicken stock. Simmer uncovered for 10-15 minutes, or just until heat through. Stir in dill and ladle into serving bowls. Garnish as desired with with sour cream, chopped cucumber and toasted almond slivers. Serve immediately with hot crusty bread and butter.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best One-Pot Meal
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe with Potatoes 2.0