Yia Yia Mary's Skordalia (Garlic Sauce)

Greek Skordalia Recipe

By: Sheilah Kaufman

I was in middle-aged when I became I lover of the "stinking rose." Raw garlic is one of the most healthful foods and a great anti-oxidant. This is a healthy dip or spread for fish, boiled/steamed and fresh vegetables, and chips or bread. You could set this dip out with some raw veggies and pita for a Super Bowl appetizer your guests can graze on all evening! 

I knew this was a big hit, when my cousin Hanna Lee came over and I gave her a taste. It was instant love, so I gave her a small ziplock baggie full to take home (she lived about 4 miles away) and share with her family. When I called later to see how they liked it, she said "it did not make it home, I turned the baggie inside out and ate the whole thing myself". From: Simply Irresistible: Easy, Elegant, Fearless, Fussless Cooking by Sheilah Kaufman.


  • 1 to 2 bulbs of garlic, peeled
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 6 ounces walnuts
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 pound loaf white bread, crusts removed
  • 3/4 cup red wine vinegar (or to taste)

Place the garlic and walnuts in the food processor and chop fine.

Place the bread in a large bowl, moisten/wet it and squeeze out all excess water. Be careful not get bread so wet that it turns into paste.

Using an electric mixer, add the garlic and walnut mixture to the bread. Begin to beat them together, adding the salt and slowly adding the oil, about 1/4 cup at a time.

When all the oil has been added, slowly start adding the vinegar, continuing to beat until you
have a smooth, creamy consistency.

Keep in a tight container in the refrigerator. It keeps well for weeks.

Makes about 4 to 6 cups.

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A popular lecturer and expert on Mediterranean cooking and Jewish culinary history and traditions, Sheilah has been a guest speaker for The Library of Congress, The National Book Festival, Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival  In addition, she is a popular lecturer for Jewish Federations, Hadassah, diplomatic groups, and Oasis, and has been a frequent guest on television and radio programs (including Martha Stewart Live) across the nation. Sheilah also does consulting and has developed recipes and served as a national spokesperson for a number of international companies. Visit Sheilah's website here!