Baby Peas with Bacon and Crispy Leeks Recipe

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Maxine Howell Modified: March 21, 2022
Baby Peas with Bacon and Crispy Leeks Recipe

How To Make Baby Peas with Bacon and Crispy Leeks

Tender baby peas and crispy bacon and leeks makes up this rich side dish! It’s also coated in a lusciously creamy sauce for a more flavorful meal.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 32 minutes
Total: 42 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

  • 3leeks
  • vegetable oil
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 6bacon slices,thick cut
  • 4thyme sprigs
  • 1cupturkey stock,or low sodium chicken broth, rich
  • ¾cupheavy cream
  • 3frozen baby peas
  • 1tspcornstarch

Instructions

  1. Wash the leeks well and pat dry.

  2. In a large saucepan, heat ½-inch of oil until shimmering. Add all but ½ cup of the leeks and cook over moderate heat, stirring, for 10 to 12 minutes, until golden brown.

  3. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the leeks to a paper towel-lined plate. Discard the oil. Season with salt and pepper.

  4. In a large, deep skillet, cook the bacon over moderately high heat, turning once, for about 5 minutes, until golden. Drain the bacon on paper towels and crumble.

  5. Add the remaining ½ cup of leeks and the thyme to the fat in the skillet and cook over moderately low heat for about 8 minutes, until the leeks are softened.

  6. Add ½ cup of the turkey stock and cook over moderate heat for about 7 minutes, until it is reduced by half. Add the heavy cream and cook over moderately high heat for about 5 minutes, until it is reduced by half.

  7. Stir in the peas, crumbled bacon and the remaining ½ cup of stock and bring to a boil. Discard the thyme sprigs. Season with salt and pepper

  8. Add the cornstarch mixture and cook for 3 to 4 minutes until the sauce is slightly thickened.

  9. Transfer the peas to a bowl and top with the crispy leeks just before serving. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

 Make Ahead: The crispy leeks can be stored overnight in an airtight container.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 206.93kcal
  • Fat: 14.28g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.68g
  • Trans Fat: 0.04g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 5.77g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.87g
  • Carbohydrates: 14.08g
  • Fiber: 4.49g
  • Sugar: 4.09g
  • Protein: 6.57g
  • Cholesterol: 30.55mg
  • Sodium: 357.21mg
  • Calcium: 48.19mg
  • Potassium: 195.98mg
  • Iron: 1.72mg
  • Vitamin A: 117.55µg
  • Vitamin C: 7.69mg
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