Saturday, February 18, 2012

Recipe Testing: Crispy Eggplant and Garlicky Potato Dip (Skordalia)

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Another winning recipe test for Terry Hope Romero's  new cookbook that I wanted to share!

I think I may be conquering my eggplant phobia once and for alI; I absolutely loved this recipe! The breading was delicious, plain panko perfectly seasoned with oregano, rosemary and thyme.  The "glue" to hold on the crumbs is not a runny, raw egg, but rather vegan mayonnaise. I used a pastry brush to coat the slices with the mayo, because it was a little thick.  Overall, I thought this technique worked nicely

Now, for the garlic lovers...
I present to you: Skordalia - Garlicky, Greek Goodness!
Garlicky Potato Dip (Skordalia)

I was first introduced to this garlicky dip at L's uncle's house, attending their annual Greek family reunion Summer picnic. As I turned my head away from the whole lamb roasting on spit on the front yard, I was politely escorted over to a table where a small dish of creamy white something sat. "THIS", they proudly proclaimed, "is vegetarian!  And if you like garlic, you will LOVE it"!  Well, it was garlic-y, all right!!  I proceeded to eat the dip with cucumber slices and kalamata olives for the rest of the afternoon... I later found out that L's uncle makes his skodalia with egg yolks. *sad face* (BUT, I was vegetarian when I first tried it, so Vegan Police, stay away) So, needless to say, I was beyond excited when I saw Terry's vegan version on her recipe testing list!

My review:  
LOVED, directions were perfect. Served with Crispy Eggplant (photo above), I actually had no zucchini on hand and Terry's original recipe was crispy eggplant and zucchini. I loved the amount of garlic, and actually used an extra clove because mine were small. Skorda is garlic in Greek, so go big or go home.

Definitely will make again, probably for special occasions or a weekend, or a Greek-themed dinner. We might make little Napoleons with the Crispy Eggplant/Zucchini next time as an appetizer for a party, as suggested by my better-half ^_^
Garlicky Potato Dip (Skordalia)

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