Green Peas With Crispy Bacon

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 20 Minutes
Cook: 24 Minutes


4 bacon slices
2 shallots, sliced
1 teaspoon grated orange rind
1 cup fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 (16-oz.) bags frozen sweet green peas, thawed*
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
2 teaspoons butter
Garnish: orange rind curls


Cook bacon in a medium skillet over medium heat 10 to 12 minutes or until crisp; remove and drain on paper towels, reserving 2 tsp. drippings in skillet. Crumble bacon.

Sauté shallots in hot drippings over medium-high heat 2 minutes or until tender. Stir in orange rind, orange juice, pepper, and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until reduced by half. Add peas, and cook 5 minutes; stir in mint and butter.

Transfer peas to a serving dish, and sprinkle with crumbled bacon. Garnish, if desired.

*6 cups shelled fresh sweet green peas may be substituted. Cook peas in boiling water to cover 5 minutes; drain and proceed with recipe as directed.