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.