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Old 03.12.2011, 16:37
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Taramasalata

Having been pining for Waitrose taramasalata for some time, I finally found some soft cod roe and decided to make my own. I used this recipe and followed it to the letter. However, the result was an absolutely vile, sloppy goo!

Has anyone had success at making it and, if so, do you have any idea what I might be doing wrong?
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Old 03.12.2011, 16:54
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Re: Taramasalata

To me it looks like too much milk.

Also try using stale Zopf bread crums, that is more like the UK white bread.

Also this recipe is using cod's roe which is smooth. I think the Greek recipe uses fish eggs (Caviar style), not the "testes"
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Migros has some, but I don't like it. It was more like a mousse...too airy. There is also a version with smoked something (maybe salmon) in it, and that actually tasted better. I love this stuff...when made well...mmmmmmm
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Re: Taramasalata

milk?! if only my grandma would see that!

sbrinz is right, the greek one does come from fish eggs.

here is a quick translation from a greek recipe website. i have not tried it myself though, but it seems to be quite close to the real thing

200 gr cod roe (usually)
350 gr bread (not the crust) (different opionion about whether bread should be fresh or old)
1 onion
2 lemons
1 glass oil (normal glass water)
pepper

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1. moist the bread and drain it
2. in a blender, mix the fish roe and the onion. add pepper, bread and mix
3. slowly add oil and lemon
4. try out and add bread or oil if needed


recipe here: http://www.sintagespareas.gr/sintages/taramosalata.html

some people add potatos. you need to mix everything quite well. some people also advice to use the blender for the fish roe alone at the beginning. some people also add garlic, but i doubt the original recipe calls for it.

i hope that helps!
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Re: Taramasalata

As much as I like the BBC site for recipes I always avoid any that originated from "ready, steady, cook".

I guess there wasn't a lot of thought gone into the food if they only have 10 minutes to cook two courses, or whatever it is.
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Re: Taramasalata

That BBC recipe looks completly wrong imo.


The greek/turkish meathod is a better way to go:


As mentioned before dont use Cod roe.

Use the orange/red salmon caviar.

Need more lemon. Add to taste.


Also use alot less bread and replace the missing bread with blanched crushed almonds.


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Re: Taramasalata

Sorry i had a brain fart.........

I forgot to say use slightly less milk and add some yogurt.........

(but dont use the watery one they sell in coop/migro, try and find a half decent 'thick' yogurt)


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