Greek Yellow Split Pea Dip
The first time I tasted this dip, it was so delicious I couldn’t believe it was just split peas. The recipe may seem time consuming, but all you really need to do is think ahead to give the flavors time to blend, otherwise it is pretty easy to make. The split peas need little attention once they are cooked. Although this recipe won’t be hurried, the result is worth the wait.
- 1 cup yellow split peas, picked through, rinsed and drained
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup lemon juice, plus 1 tablespoon for finishing
- 2½ cups water
- 1 large garlic clove, minced fine
- 1 small red onion, sliced very thin lengthwise, some reserved for garnish
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- Grind of freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Chopped flat-leaf parsley, for garnish
1. In a medium stockpot, bring split peas, onions, olive oil, lemon juice, and water to a boil. Cover and simmer gently for 2 hours, until thick. After the first hour, check occasionally, adding a little hot water if the peas are burning or drying out.
2. Transfer the split peas to a bowl and stir in the garlic, red onion and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and cool, then keep chilled in the refrigerator for 3 hours or overnight.
3. Remove from the refrigerator and taste for seasoning. Serve at room temperature with a drizzle of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, chopped parsley, and reserved red onion. Serve with Baked Whole Wheat Pita Chips
This recipe can be frozen for future use, but at the end of step 1. The taste of onions and garlic (and of other spices for that matter) intensifies in the freezer and would make this delicious puree too strong tasting if frozen after step 2.