Ingredients

1 tablespoon    olive oil (garlic infused)

½ cup pancetta, diced

½ cup onion, diced

1 clove garlic, chopped

4 cup peas

½ cup dry white wine

Directions

1.  Add oil to a large pot.

2.  When hot, add the pancetta and onions, and stir them until they are golden brown.

3.  Add garlic to the pot as well, and mix together.

4.  When it is all incorporated and golden brown, add the peas.

5.  Add white wine to the pot as well, and cover.

6.  Simmer together for 5 minutes.

 

Recipe courtesy of Stephanie Smith, 2013.

Stephanie Smith knows how to spruce up an old classic.  A former caterer, Smith shows you how to add some flair to your next side of peas.  For years, one outlet or another has told us to eat peas. However why do so is the question? The answer is simple; they are a great source of vitamin A, which helps maintain good eyesight. 

For this recipe, the key is adding layers of flavor.  Smith does this in a few ways. First, she adds garlic infused olive oil to a pot, before adding pancetta and onions.  Pancetta is similar to bacon, however it is not cured.  This uncured bacon will add another dimension of flavor to your dish.  Having a fatty element in this dish, helps with the absorption of the vitamin A in the peas. Then, she adds onions, and a clove of garlic to bring it to the next level.  The garlic is not as overpowering as one would assume, but it adds some depth to the dish.  When it is all brown, add the peas and simmer 5 minutes.

Even the pickiest eaters will want to try these peas after they smell them.  The pancetta and garlic will fill the room with a wonderful fragrance, draw your diners to the table and keep them there for more. 

Peas with Onions and Pancetta
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