|Place of origin||Greece|
|Ingredients generally used||Potatoes, walnuts, almonds, bread, olive oil|
Skordalia or skordhalia or skorthalia (Greek: σκορδαλιά [skorðaˈʎa], also called αλιάδα, aliada/aliatha), is a thick purée in Greek cuisine made of garlic in a base of potatoes, walnuts, almonds or liquid-soaked stale bread mixed with olive oil in to make a smooth emulsion, to which some vinegar is added. It is usually made in a mortar and pestle. Skordalia is served as a sauce, side dish, or dip.
Skordalia is the modern equivalent of ancient skorothalmi. The name, on the other hand, may be a pleonastic compound of Greek σκόρδο [ˈskorðo] 'garlic' and Italian agliata [aʎˈʎaːta] 'garlicky'.
Skordalia is usually served with batter-fried fish (notably salt cod, μπακαλιάρος), fried vegetables (notably eggplant and zucchini), poached fish, or boiled vegetables (notably beets). It is sometimes used as a dip.
Variants of skordalia may include eggs as the emulsifier, omitting or reducing the bulk ingredient, which makes for a result similar to the Provençal aïoli and Catalan allioli. In the Ionian Islands, cod stock and lemon are usually added instead of vinegar, and then skordalia is eaten as a main dish.
- Davidson, Alan (21 September 2006). The Oxford Companion to Food. OUP Oxford. ISBN 9780191018251 – via Google Books.
- Guardian newspaper: skordalia recipe with potato for body and lemon for sharpness
- Babiniotis, Λεξικό της Νέας Ελληνικής Γλώσσας