"Skordalia" is a popular Greek spread that is basically a potato and garlic mash... and it happens to be vegan! It is ridiculously easy to make with minimal ingredients and can be used as a dip or side dish. Moreover, it can also be used as a "cold buster" or "immune booster"!
2-3 russet potatoes
3-4 garlic cloves
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
½ cup EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
juice from 1/2 a lemon
3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp sea salt
black ground pepper to taste
Place a pot of water over high heat
Add about a teaspoon of sea salt and bring to a boil
Peel potatoes and chop them up into small pieces and add them into the boiling water
Boil anywhere from 15 minutes to a half hour until the soften. Just put a fork in it to check if the center is soft.
In a food processor, add all of the other ingredients and blend until nice and smooth
Once the potatoes are ready, drain and set aside for 5 minutes to cool down, then add them to a bowl and mash them with a potato masher
Add in the garlic-oil and stir well
Optional: Pour some olive oil lightly over in a circular motion, and add some chopped parsley. Then dunk a nice big Kalamata olive in the center
Health benefits of this recipe
'Skordalia' isn't just a tasty dish, it could make for a great cold buster or immune system booster. Garlic has anti-inflammatory properties, can cure colds and the flu and boost your immune system. Apple cider vinegar can treat a sore throat, improve heart health and even help you lose weight. Lemon is an excellent source of vitamin C, an essential nutrient that protects the body against immune system deficiencies. Lemons contain pectin fibre which is very beneficial for colon health and also serves as a powerful antibacterial. Extra virgin olive oil may reduce the risk of heart disease, due to its monounsaturated fat content. It also contains polyphenols which act as antioxidants, reducing the oxidative stress throughout your body. It can lower the bad cholesterol and also has anti-inflammatory properties.