This is an island variation on a much-loved mezze (appetizer); instead of the typical potatoes and soaked bread, pureed peas form its base. (Garbanzo beans or white beans can also be used.) Serve with baked pita wedges and assorted raw vegetables. Add vegetable stock or white wine to make the dip into a sauce, which is delicious over steamed vegetables and grilled fish or chicken.
1/2 cup green split peas
1/2 cup yellow split peas
2 cups water
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 garlic cloves, peeled
3 tablespoons chopped pitted kalamata olives
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
1/4 cup chopped arugula (optional)
How to Make It
Sort and wash the peas. Combine peas, water, oregano, and bay leaves in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 25 minutes. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook 15 minutes or until tender. Drain; discard bay leaves.
Combine the pea mixture, 1/4 teaspoon salt, vinegar, oil, pepper, and garlic in a food processor; process until smooth, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Stir in olives. Cover and chill 2 hours. Sprinkle with cilantro and arugula, if desired.
I agree with other reviews that this is a touch too thick - I wouldn't drain off the excess liquid after cooking the split peas, and add a touch more olive oil. Just the right amount of garlic flavor, and great saltiness from the olives. The fresh cilantro and arugula on top are a must. Better with pita bread than with veggies.