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Greek Split Pea Spread

Source: © EatingWell Magazine
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Active Time:  30 Minutes
Total Time:  1 Hour 10 Minutes
  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.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
For Greek Split Pea Spread  :
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
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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 © EatingWell Magazine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 10/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   10 servings, 1/4 cup each
Calories: 87
Fat, Saturated: 1g
Fiber: 5g
Carbohydrates, Total: 12g
Sodium: 243mg
% Cal. from Fat: 41%
Fat. Total: 4g
Protein: 4g
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