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.
Cooking Light JULY 2001
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.
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