Batzaria Salata (Beet Salad)

Course : Greek
Serves: 6
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12 medium beets
2 tablespoons oil -- (optional)
2 tablespoons vinegar -- (optional) or
2 tablespoons skordalia -- (garlic) sauce
-----skordalia sauce-----
1 head garlic
3/4 pound potatoes -- boiled, peeled
2 cups oil -- (or more)
1/3 cup vinegar
1/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup walnuts

Preparation / Directions:

Select fresh tender beets and cut off the tops and roots. Wash the beets, without removing the skins, and boil in a large pot with ample water. Meanwhile, clean the beet greens with the stems; add to the pot after the beets have cooked 30 minutes When beets are tender, remove and strain the liquid. Peel the beets and cut them into round slices; chop up the greens. Mound greens in center of a platter and surround them with the beet slices. Pour oil and vinegar over all, and serve. or serve with Skordalia (garlic) Sauce. Serve hot or cold. SKORDALIA SAUCE: Clean garlic and mash it completely (you may use food processor). Mash in potatoes, one by one, until you have a thick paste (the more potatoes you use, the more sauce you get--but less potent). Alternately add the oil and vinegar, beating constantly. If the sauce is too thick for your taste, add a little water or fish or chicken stock. NO LUMPS IN THIS SAUCE, P-L-E-A-S-E !! NOTE: Many people like to add almonds or walnuts to skordalia. These are mashed to a pulp and added to the paste before the potatoes, oil, and vinegar.

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