Michael van Straten
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Lettuce Braised With Peas

This is one of my favourite recipes for garden fresh food when there is a surplus of produce. Here we have a classic of French cooking, but a dish that is a stranger to most British kitchens.

Quick and easy, it also provides more than a day’s dose of vitamin C that helps the absorption of the valuable quantity of iron in the peas. There is an additional important supply of B vitamins, other minerals and fibre.

50g/2oz unsalted butter
45g/3tbs chopped, lean back bacon
1 medium onion, very finely chopped
450g/1lb (shelled weight) fresh peas(or frozen but not canned)
300ml/10fl oz vegetable stock
1 medium green lettuce, washed and shredded
1 small oak leaf lettuce, washed and shredded
1 handful of mint, stripped from any coarse stems and finely shredded

Heat a frying pan over a moderate heat and add the butter and bacon

Fry for two minutes

Add the onion and fry for 4-5 minutes until the onion is soft but not brown

Add the peas, stir to combine and pour in the stock.

Bring to a simmer before adding the shredded lettuce.

Stir well and cover with a tight fitting lid.

Simmer for 2-3 minutes, sprinkle in the mint and serve straight away

Serve with chicken, lamb or other meat dishes, or omit the bacon and use with any vegetarian bean recipes

 

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