Peas and Bacon

I make this dish when peas are at the height of their season and I love to serve it with simply cooked fish, such as grilled halibut or grilled salmon. It needs some acidity because of the richness of the bacon and rendered fat. Since I don't love lemon and bacon together, I opt for orange juice and zest; the brightness they add works perfectly here.

Recipe courtesy Michael Symon, 2012
Show: Symon's Suppers Episode: Better with Bacon
TOTAL TIME: 35 min
Prep: 25 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 10 min
 
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 4 ounces bacon, diced (1 cup)
  • 1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup shelled fresh peas
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Directions

Cook the bacon in a large saute pan over medium-low heat until the fat is rendered and the bacon is crispy, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and shallots and sweat for 1 minute. Add the peas and increase the heat to medium. Pour in the orange juice and cook until the peas are tender, about 2 minutes.

Remove from the heat and fold in the orange zest, parsley and butter. Taste for seasoning and add salt if necessary, though you shouldn't need much because the bacon adds a natural saltiness to the dish.

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  • on October 28, 2012

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    This was so good and easy to make. Great recipe and good to get variation for vegetables. I made it with frozen peas as I cannot get fresh peas in my area at the grocery stores.

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  • on October 01, 2012

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    Delicious and easy!

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