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Green Peas With Crispy Bacon

Prep time 20 mins
Cook time 24 mins
Yield Makes 12 servings


  • 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

How to Make It

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

  4. *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.

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