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Greek Food - Recipe: Fava

A Mezedes, or the food you serve to show hospitality and have visitors linger longer!

1 Whole Bay Leaves
1-3 Clove Garlic (Peeled)
1 Whole Lemons (Squeezed)
2/3 Cup Olive Oil
1 Pinch Pepper (To taste)
1 Handful Scallions (White & tender, green only, finely chopped)
1 Pinch Sea Salt
3 Item Shallots (Peeled)
1 lb Yellow Split Peas
  • Wash peas and remove pebbles.
  • Place in pot with shallots, bay leaf and garlic, and add enough water to double cover peas.
  • Turn heat on high and bring to boil.
  • Cover and let simmer for 1/2 hour until peas are mashable.
  • Stir occasionally and add water if necessary.
  • When soft, drain peas.
  • Remove the bay leaf, garlic and shallots.
  • Food process or hand mash peas.
  • Add 3/4 of the olive oil and mix until it is light and fluffy.
  • Season with salt and pepper and add lemon juice to taste.
  • Serve on a plate drizzled with olive oil and topped with chopped scallions.
  • Serve with plenty of crusty bread.
  • **A nice Alternative: use 1/2 the olive oil, and a little more fresh garlic. (Greeks like to make their own variations!)

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