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Green Peas With Crispy Bacon

Yield Makes 6 servings
The addition of mint and orange really brightens this often underrated legume, while the bacon lends a smoky flavor. When in season, use fresh sweet green peas.

Ingredients

  • 2 smoked bacon slices
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (16-ounce) bag frozen sweet green peas, thawed*
  • 1 teaspoon butter or margarine
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • Garnishes: fresh mint sprig, orange rind curl

How to Make It

  1. Cook bacon in a medium skillet until crisp; remove and drain on paper towels, reserving 1 teaspoon drippings in skillet. Crumble bacon, and set aside.

  2. Sauté shallot in hot bacon 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 more minutes; stir in butter and mint.

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

  4. *3 cups shelled fresh sweet green peas may be substituted for frozen. Cook peas in boiling water 5 minutes, and proceed with recipe.