Traditionally Taramasalata is made with a pestle and mortar, giving a slightly grainy texture, however if you find it in a supermarket it is commonly blended to a very smooth paste.
What is this Greek Dip?
Taramasalata or Taramosalata (Greek: ταραμοσαλάτα, from taramas, from Turkish: tarama 'fish roe' + salata, from Italian: insalata "salad") is a Turkish-Greek meze made from tarama, the salted and cured roe of the cod, carp, or grey mullet (bottarga) mixed with olive oil, lemon juice, and a starchy base of bread or potatoes, or sometimes almonds.
Variants may include garlic, spring onions, or peppers, or vinegar instead of lemon juice. While not traditionally Greek, smoked, rather than cured, cod's roe is more widely available in some places, and often used. Bottarga is usually much more expensive than cod's roe.
How can I make Taramasalata?
- 100g white tarama (fish roe) (3.5 oz.)
- 300g white stale bread (crust removed), soaked in water and squeezed (10 oz.)
- 170-180 ml olive oil (3/4 of a cup)
- juice 2 lemons
- 1 medium red onion, grated
- To prepare this delicious Taramasalata recipe, start by soaking the bread (crust removed) in water and squeeze well to remove the excess water.
- In a food processor add the bread, grated onion and the tarama. Blend until the ingredients are mashed (like a pulp). Add half lemon juice and blend a little more. Pour in the olive oil gradually (just a little bit at a time) whilst blending, like making mayonnaise. Blend until the oil is incorporated and the mixture is smooth and creamy. Taste the Taramasalata add some more lemon juice, according to preference and blend again.
- Serve this traditional Greek Taramasalata dip with lots of pita breads aside. (If you feel adventurous enough make your own homemade pita breads with this easy recipe!).
How do I serve Taramasalata?
Taramasalata is usually eaten as a meze, a dip for bread or raw vegetables. Pinterest People have a fascination with Taramasalta and it’s many varieties and dipping ideas, take a look https://www.pinterest.com/explore/taramasalata-dip.