Food and Wine Traditions

How to prepare traditional Salento’s dishes, the recipe of “li Muersi”

It is a dish with an ancient tradition but you can still find it on the tables of Salento’s families or in the menu of  “sagre” throughout Salento. This dish is able to conjugate the flavor of vegetables to the genuineness of legumes thanks to the pieces of fried bread, that give the name to the dish. Here is the recipe!

To find out other typical dishes of Salento, look at the following link!


Ingredients for 4 people:

500g turnips / chicory tops

250g dried peas

Wheat bread



1 small onion

1 clove of garlic

Soak the peas with 2 tablespoons of salt the evening before then rinse and boil them in plenty of water, onion, garlic for an hour and a half.

In another pot, boil the vegetables. Meanwhile, cut the bread into pieces and place them in a non-stick pan with the bottom covered with oil. Toast it until it becomes golden and crisp. Pour over hot bread the well-heated peas and the boiled and drained vegetables. Mix everything and serve with a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. So yummy!

To try the recipe and learn from live chef’s advice, you must come on holiday in one of our villas and book a cooking experience with the chef at home.

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