Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
2 1/4 cups (serving size: 1 tablespoon)

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Ratings & Reviews

rstarrlemaitre's Review

July 21, 2013
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.

mandofan's Review

September 30, 2011
Good, but needs about three cups of water or it's very, very dry.