I’m always on the look-out for pretty side dishes and new ways with vegetables. This recipe from “Southern Living Comfort Food " caught both Myrna’s and my eye. My husband loved ‘em…what’s not to like…bacon, orange, mint and peas. This would be a very nice vegetable for entertaining or a family treat. I used bacon from my brother-in-law’s homestead hog that was processed at the Leighton Locker in Leighton, Iowa. Check out orange zest HERE.
Green Peas with Bacon
4 slices bacon
2 teaspoons bacon drippings -- save in skillet
2 each shallots -- sliced
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 cup orange juice -- fresh
2 pounds frozen green peas -- thawed*
2 tablespoons mint -- fresh, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove and crumble bacon. Remove 2 teaspoons drippings in skillet.
Sauté shallots in hot drippings over medium high heat for 2 minutes or until tender. Stir in orange zest, orange juice, pepper and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until reduced by half. Add peas and cook 5 minutes. Stir in mint and butter.
Transfer peas to a serving dish, sprinkle with crumbled bacon.
*6 cups shelled fresh sweet green peas may be substituted. Cook the peas in boiling water to cover 5 minutes; drain and proceed with recipe as directed.
Per Serving: 96 Calories; 3g Fat (27.9% calories from fat); 5g Protein; 13g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber; 5mg Cholesterol; 133mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1/2 Grain (Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Fat.