1/4 pound day-old Italian bread, crusts removed and cut into large pieces
2 cups water
3 to 4 tablespoons lemon juice
2 medium red potatoes, peeled, cubed, cooked and cooled
5 to 6 garlic cloves, halved
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup olive oil
Chopped walnuts or almonds, optional
Pita chips or crackers
In a large bowl, soak bread in water for 15 minutes. Squeeze bread and place in a small bowl (there should be about 1 cup of bread); set aside.
In a blender, combine the lemon juice, potatoes, garlic and salt; cover and process until smooth. Add bread; cover and process until blended.
While processing, gradually add oil until blended. Transfer to a serving bowl; sprinkle with nuts if desired. Serve with pita ships or crackers. Store in the refrigerator.