Potatoes and Peas with Bacon

Potatoes and Peas with Bacon

Community training dinner, 5/21/12

Frozen peas can be cooked right in a pan on the stove. In this recipe, they cook in bacon grease and pair up with boiled potatoes for a quick, easy, and tasty side dish.

  • 1 pound potatoes (red or yukon gold [waxy, firmer] work best, but regular baking potatoes [starchy, more crumbly] work too)
  • salt (divided between cooking water and final seasoning)
  • 3 strips bacon, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (preferably freshly ground), depending on your preference

Wash potatoes. Cut into bite-sized pieces (you do not need to peel) and place in a pot of cold, salted water. Bring potatoes to a boil and cook until just tender, about 6-9 minutes. Drain.

While potatoes are cooking, prepare the bacon: cook chopped bacon in a very large pan over medium heat until the bacon is crisp and the fat has rendered out. Add peas to the pan and cook until heated through, about 2-3 minutes.

Add drained potatoes to the peas in the pan, stirring, then add salt to taste and black pepper. Serve.

Serves 4-5 as a side dish.

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