Mashed Legumes with Onion, Capers & Radicchio (Sympetherio)

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Radicchio, capers and onions brighten up this mashed lentil dish. Sympetheros means “father of one’s son- or daughter-in-law,” probably implying the “marrying” of different legumes in one dish. It’s a meze served all over Greece. This recipe is inspired by the version Dimitris Mavrakis serves at his restaurant Kritamon in Archanes, near the spectacular Knossos archaeological site on Crete.

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  • Heat 1/4 cup oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add chopped onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until very soft, about 8 minutes. Add fava beans, split peas and lentils. Cook, stirring occasionally, until toasted, about 3 minutes. Stir in water and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, stirring often, until the legumes are very soft and the mixture is quite thick, 45 minutes to 1 hour 10 minutes. Using an immersion blender, pulse the mixture a few times until partially, but not fully, smooth. Let cool completely, about 2 hours.

  • About 30 minutes before serving, combine sliced onion, capers and brine and lemon juice in a medium bowl. Let stand for 30 minutes. Add radicchio, the remaining 1/4 cup oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt; toss to combine.

  • Serve the legumes topped with the onion mixture. Garnish with Aleppo (or crushed red pepper), if desired.

 

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