3 slices bacon, cut into 1-inch chunks (about 1/4 cup)
3 shallots, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 heads romaine lettuce, washed and halved
1/4 cup white wine
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
2 cups fresh or frozen peas
1 teaspoon unsalted butter
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Crisp peas, sweet shallots, a dash of wine, and crumbly bacon jazz up romaine lettuce and provide a nice alternative to a side salad. Experiment with other kinds of lettuce, but keep in mind that the cooking time will be shorter for more delicate lettuces.
1Heat oil in medium frying pan over medium heat until it starts to shimmer. Add bacon and cook until crispy, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain; set aside.
2Add shallots and garlic to the pan and cook until shallots become translucent but do not color, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add romaine, cut side down, and brown, turning occasionally until wilted, about 6 minutes. Remove lettuce from the pan.
3Add wine to the pan, using a wooden spoon to dislodge any browned bits from the bottom. Simmer until reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Add broth, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Return lettuce to the pan and simmer, covered, until lettuce can be easily pierced with a knife, about 8 minutes. Uncover, add peas, increase heat to high, and boil until the cooking liquid has reduced to a glaze. Add butter and swirl until melted. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Serve topped with reserved bacon.