Springtime Lemony Bacon Peas

Lemony Bacon Peas

Lemony Bacon Peas

There is not a more amazing smell in the whole wide world than onions cooking in bacon fat.  There’s your whole rationale for making this recipe; goodnight and goodbye, thank you for listening.

But in all seriousness, I can’t imagine a more perfect way to use some of spring’s best produce (peas!) than to toss it in bacon fat, onions, fresh basil, and lemon juice. It’s healthy in a whole30 approved, gluten-free, dairy-free kind of way, and unhealthy in a bacony-way that get’s my Georgia boy excited. I think we’re all winning here.

Also 100% acceptable: using frozen peas. No one’s judging, no one will taste the difference.

We ate these lemony bacon peas with a grilled steak drizzled in a spicy mustard sauce, (and some potatoes of course, because it’s us) and it was Sunday dinner perfection. PERFECTION I SAY. Are you sold yet?

Lemony Bacon Peas

Lemony Bacon Peas

Springtime Lemony Bacon Peas
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Serves: 4 servings
  • 4 slices bacon
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 lb. fresh or frozen (thawed) baby peas
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • Salt and pepper
  • Crushed red pepper flakes
  • Fresh basil, for serving
  1. In a large skillet, cook the bacon medium-low heat until crisp and dark brown. Remove the bacon the bacon from the skillet to cool on some paper towels.
  2. Add the onion to the bacon grease, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the peas to the skillet, stirring and cooking until they are warmed through, about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Toss in the lemon zest, a pinch of salt and pepper, a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes, and some torn fresh basil. Taste for seasonings and adjust.
  5. Crumble the bacon and stir that in.
  6. Remove the peas from the heat, and stir in the fresh lemon juice. Serve warm.

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