Greek Split Pea Spread

  • Active Time 30m
  • Total Time 1h 10m

10 servings, 1/4 cup each

One taste of this simple, rustic spread—a popular meze or appetizer throughout Greece—and you are transported to a little seaside taverna. The base of the spread is yellow split peas, a healthful legume that requires no presoaking and cooks in less than 45 minutes. Enjoy this appetizer as the Greeks do, with a generous drizzle of your favorite extra-virgin olive oil.

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 6 months.

ingredients

  • 1 cup yellow split peas, rinsed
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill or parsley

directions

Combine split peas, garlic and water in a large saucepan; bring to a boil, skimming off any froth. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

Uncover and simmer, stirring often, until the mixture has cooked down to a thick puree, 10 to 20 minutes longer. Remove from heat and stir in salt. Press plastic wrap on the surface and let cool.

Transfer the pea mixture to a food processor. Add lemon juice and 1 tablespoon oil; process until smooth. Season with pepper. Transfer to a bowl. To serve, drizzle the remaining 2 tablespoons oil over the spread and sprinkle with red onion and dill (or parsley).

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 7853

nutrition information per serving

87 calories; 4g total fat; 1g total saturated fat; 0mg cholesterol; 243mg sodium; 12g carbohydrates; 5g fiber; 4g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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