Greek Garlic Sauce (Skorthalia)

Greek Garlic Sauce (Skorthalia)

Time: 20 mins


  • 6 garlic cloves
  • salt
  • 1 cup mashed potatoes
  • 2 slices day-old white bread
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • pepper


  • 1 Pound garlic with 1/2 teaspoon salt in a mortar until smooth.
  • 2 Add mashed potatoes and continue to pound and stir with pestle.
  • 3 Soak bread (crusts removed)in cold water and squeeze dry.
  • 4 Add to potatoes and garlic, pounding and stirring until smooth.
  • 5 Gradually add olive oil, lemon juice and vinegar, stirring vigorously.
  • 6 When smooth and light, add salt and pepper to taste.
  • 7 Chill in a covered bowl before using.
  • 8 Variation: Replace bread with 1/2 cup ground almonds or walnuts, or use 1 1/2 cups of ground almonds or walnuts instead of the potatoes and bread.
  • 9 Blender method: Put all ingredients in a blender and blend at moderate speed until ingredients are pulverised. Sure beats all that pounding!
  • 10 Increase speed for a few seconds until light and smooth. Do not blend for too long for the mixture heats and the oil separates.
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