Yellow Split Peas With Garlic - Fava Scordalia

Servings: 6-8
Preparation time: 180 minutes
Active time: 60 minutes
Total time: 4 hours
Ingredients


All or a few of the following toppings

Procedure

Place the split peas in a large pot, add water to cover by 4 inches and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, skimming often, for 5 minutes.

Add the bay leaves and simmer for 40 minutes more, stirring occasionally and adding a little warm water as needed to keep the peas covered as they cook.

Add 1 teaspoon of the salt and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes more, or until the peas are soft, but not completely dry.

Prepare the garnish of your choice, chop, wash and peel where necessary.

Puree the peas with a stick (immersion) blender, or transfer to a food processor and puree. Let the puree cool completely; it will thicken considerably.

In a large mortar, grind the garlic with the remaining 1 teaspoon salt into a smooth paste.

Add 2 cups or so of the puree and continue grinding to incorporate the garlic. Or use a blender or a small food processor.

In a large bowl, combine the garlic mixture, the remaining pea puree, the oil, 3 tablespoons each vinegar and wine, the oregano and pepper to taste, stirring vigorously to incorporate.

Taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, or overnight.

If the spread seems too thick, add a little vinegar, wine or water to thin. Spread on a large plate, sprinkle with oregano, garnish with toppings of your choice and serve.

Tips
You can also make your own individual finger food appetizers for a buffet, putting a spoonful of the split pea mash on top of a slice of bread and a selection of garnishes! Instead of yellow split peas, you can also make this with dried peeled fava beans or with the same amount of cooked mashed chickpeas or white beans, such as cannellini.