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Greek Split Pea Spread

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From EatingWell:  November 1997, The EatingWell Diabetes Cookbook (2005)

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.

10 servings, 1/4 cup each | Active Time: 30 minutes | Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).

Nutrition

Per serving : 87 Calories; 4 g Fat; 1 g Sat; 3 g Mono; 0 mg Cholesterol; 12 g Carbohydrates; 4 g Protein; 5 g Fiber; 243 mg Sodium; 18 mg Potassium

1/2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat

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