Garlic is used in many Greek dishes but the most popular is the thick puree called skordalia. Some recipes call for boiled potatoes, others for stale bread. I like to make it with bread and add walnuts, which are optional. This garlic dip is a great way to use up leftover bread. I like to use whole-wheat or multigrain, which is fine if you don’t mind the darker color.
My Uncle Kostas made the best skordalia – and also danced the most evocative zeibekiko. My beloved Aunt Maria would tease him into making it by saying it was time for her strong husband to use his muscular arms for something other than holding her in his embrace. They were one of the most loving couples I know; maybe because they often ate the best skordalia!