Skordalia (Greek Garlic and Potato Dip)

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Skordalia Recipe (Greek Garlic and Potato Dip)

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Skordalia in a bowl with bread dipping into it

Prep

5 minutes

Cook

15 minutes

Yield

4 (or 6 ppl as an appetizer)

This Skordalia recipe is the most delicious, comforting Greek garlic and potato dip. You'll want to eat this with just about everything.

Skordalia is a Greek garlic and potato dip. It is made. with a thick base of potatoes and is flavored with garlic and a few other simple ingredients. It’s incredibly easy to make and you can make it with only a handful of ingredients so you can even whip it up with a few things in your pantry.

Skordalia in a bowl with bread dipping into it

โค๏ธ Why You’ll Love Skordalia

  • Quick: Make this skordalia recipe in only 20 minutes, it’s so easy and quick
  • Less Than 10 Ingredients: This recipe uses less than 10 ingredients to make, and they’re all simple ingredients you probably have on hand right now
  • Comforting: I find this dip so dang comforting. I mean, anything with potatoes as the base is a comfort food

๐Ÿฒ Ingredients

Russet Potatoes – For this dip I used russet potatoes. Russets are best for mashed potatoes because of their high starch content. However, if you don’t have Russet, Idaho and Yukon Gold will work too.

Garlic – The key ingredient in this recipe (aside from the potatoes) is the garlic and you’ll notice there is a lot of garlic in this recipe. Do not add less, you want the sharp flavor of the garlic to come through your potato base in this recipe. I promise it’s so good. A benefit of all the garlic? It’s a great immunity-building ingredient for cold and flu season.

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๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿณ How to Make Skordalia

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook your potatoes until very soft and fork-tender.
  2. Drain the potatoes and add them back into the pot.
  3. Add the minced or pressed garlic, olive oil, water, red wine vinegar, salt, and cracked black pepper to the pot with the potatoes.
  4. Mash the potatoes with the added ingredients until everything is thoroughly incorporated and mainly smooth.
  5. Transfer the Skordalia to a serving dish, garnishing with fresh oregano and drizzled olive oil. 
  6. Enjoy immediately after with toasted sourdough bread, our pita bread recipe, fresh vegetables, or as a side dish with fish like cod salmon, or trout.

๐Ÿช„ Tips and Tricks

  • Rinse Potatoes: Rinse your potatoes before and after you cook them. This can help remove some of the starch and give your potato base a better consistency
  • Garlic: You want your skordalia to be garlicy! Use the 6 cloves, but if you are sensitive to garlic you can use less. Roasted garlic can also be great in this dip as well, but you’ll want to use more (around 10 cloves) since it’s not as strong
  • Let It Sit: Once you make the dip, let it sit for a bit as the flavors will really marinate together and become even tastier
Skordalia in a bowl with bread dipping into it

๐Ÿ—’ Variations

I have seen a few variations of this traditional dip. If you want to get creative, you can try substituting the mashed potatoes for mashed sweet potatoes, or mashed beets, or a combination of both. You can also blend things like spinach or kale into your potatoes/dip for some added veggies.


๐Ÿ—’ Best served with

๐Ÿ‘ How to Store Leftovers

Store leftovers (if there are any) in the fridge in an airtight container for 4 โ€“ 5 days. You can also prep this in advance and store in the fridge until you are ready to serve.

๐Ÿค” Common Questions

What is the meaning of Skordalia?

Skordalia is a soft, smooth food, originally from Greece, made from crushed potatoes and garlic.

How is Skordalia different from mashed potatoes?

It may look like mashed potatoes but the garlic and vinegar add a punch to your potatoes that you won’t get with regular mashed potatoes. You can also find Skordalia recipes that use nuts too that give another unique element.

Skordalia in a bowl with bread dipping into it

Skordalia Recipe (Greek Garlic and Potato Dip)

5 from 2 votes
This Skordalia recipe is the most delicious, comforting Greek garlic and potato dip. You'll want to eat this with just about everything.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizers + Sides
Cuisine Greek
Servings 4 (or 6 ppl as an appetizer)
Calories 476 kcal
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Ingredients
  

  • 4 medium russet potatoes peeled and diced
  • 6 medium garlic cloves minced and pressed
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • dash of cracked black pepper
  • extra olive oil, to garnish
  • fresh oregano, to garnish
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Instructions
 

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook your potatoes until very soft and fork-tender.
  • Drain the potatoes and add back into the pot.
  • Add the minced or pressed garlic, olive oil, water, red wine vinegar, salt, and cracked black pepper to the pot with the potatoes.
  • Mash the potatoes with the added ingredients until everything is thoroughly incorporated and mainly smooth.
  • Transfer the Skordalia to a serving dish, garnishing with fresh oregano and drizzled olive oil.ย 
  • Enjoy immediately after with toasted sourdough bread, our pita bread recipe, fresh vegetables or as a side dish with fish like cod or salmon or trout.

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Notes

  • This dish is a BIG hit with invited guests!ย 
  • Serve the Skordalia with anything you wish! It is traditionally served with cod but you could try it with our Fluffy Greek Pita Bread Recipe or fresh vegetables.
  • Store in the fridge in an airtight container for 4 โ€“ 5 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 476kcal | Carbohydrates: 70.6g | Protein: 11.7g | Fat: 19.5g | Saturated Fat: 2.8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13.4g | Sodium: 806.8mg | Fiber: 4.7g | Sugar: 2.2g
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Gitta

5 stars
Just made this to serve with Easter Sunday roast lamb and crusty bread. Tastes great!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much hunnie! This makes me so happy!!!!

Marike Victor

5 stars
This recipe is unexpectedly delicious. I was unsure about adding so much olive oil, but I trusted Maria and it did not disappoint. I give this an 11/10. It’s easy and absolutely delicious ๐Ÿ˜

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much sweetie! You are the best! You made our pitas right, dip them in this!!!

5 from 2 votes

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