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Ingenious Garlic Spread

Instead of throwing away stale bread, the thrifty cooks of Ikaria put it to work in this surprisingly simple and flavorful recipe called skordalia. The result is a puree that can stand alone as a side dish or be used as a dip for fresh vegetables.

Photo by: Lina Calin

Cook Time:
5 minutes

Ingenious Garlic Spread Recipe


4 pieces of dry bread, cubed, soaked in water; or about 2 cups bread crumbs, soaked in water
1⁄2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons tarragon vinegar*
Salt (optional)
Olives (optional)


Put all ingredients except salt and olives in a food processor or high-power blender and blend to consistency of hummus.
Add salt to taste before serving.
Top with olives, if desired.

*Tarragon is a bittersweet herb that has a licorice/anise-like flavor and aroma. If you can’t find tarragon-infused vinegar, you can substitute with white wine vinegar.

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