Lidia’s Pea Spread

This is a lovely spread that we enjoyed at the Lahder Krug, a restaurant in Petershagen-Lahde (Germany) during a birthday party. The restaurant usually serves traditional German meals, but they made an entire 5 course vegan meal just for us and did a really good job. We were very touched and happy to enjoy this special spread.

Lidia's Pea Spread

Yield: 2 cups

Ingredients:

  • 450 grams (2 & 1/2 cups) fresh or frozen peas
  • 1 large sweet onion as Spanish or Vidalia, chopped
  • 4-5 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 3-4 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt
  • freshly cracked pepper to taste

Lidia's Pea Spread

Directions:

  1. Cook the peas in boiling water or steam them.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and sweat the onions and garlic until soft and glassy, but be careful to not over-cook as the garlic becomes bitter.
  3. Drain the peas and place in a bowl.
  4. Add the sautéed onions and garlic and puree to a smooth texture.
  5. Add a very small pinch of salt and season to taste with cracked pepper.

Notes:

The flavor we enjoyed was quite garlicky yet sweet from the sauteed onion. This tasted delicious on whole grain bread but would also make a lovely dip for vegetables