This classic combination highlights the sweetness of fresh peas against the savory, smoky background of crispy bacon. It’s a quick, simple side dish that pairs wonderfully with a variety of main courses.
- 2 cups fresh or frozen green peas
- 4 slices of bacon, diced
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup chicken or vegetable broth (optional)
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 tbsp fresh parsley or mint, chopped (optional for garnish)
- Zest of 1 lemon (optional for an added zest)
- Cook the Bacon:
- In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the diced bacon until it’s crispy and golden brown. This should take about 5-7 minutes.
- Using a slotted spoon, remove the crispy bacon from the skillet and place it on a plate lined with paper towels to drain the excess fat.
- Sauté the Vegetables:
- In the same skillet, using the rendered bacon fat, sauté the finely chopped onion until it’s translucent, about 2-3 minutes.
- Add the minced garlic to the skillet and cook for an additional 30 seconds, or until it’s fragrant.
- Cook the Peas:
- If you’re using fresh peas, add them to the skillet and stir well, cooking for about 3-4 minutes or until they’re just tender.
- If you’re using frozen peas, add them directly to the skillet (no need to thaw) and cook for an additional 2 minutes or until they’re heated through.
- For a little extra flavor, you can pour in the chicken or vegetable broth and let it simmer with the peas for 2-3 minutes. This step is optional but adds depth to the dish.
- Combine and Season:
- Return the crispy bacon to the skillet and stir well, ensuring everything is well combined.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Transfer the peas and bacon to a serving dish.
- Garnish with chopped fresh parsley or mint for a fresh touch. If you like a bit of zest, sprinkle the lemon zest on top.
- Serve immediately while still hot.
This Peas and Bacon dish provides a delightful contrast of flavors and textures – the sweetness of the peas, the saltiness of the bacon, and the freshness of the herbs make it a favorite on many dinner tables. Enjoy!