Braised Lettuce, Bacon and Peas

This recipe started it’s life as a saved link from the amazing Gourmet Traveller magazine. After cooking it and playing around it very slightly, this is my version. It’s quick to prepare and cook and makes a great side dish to a BBQ, roasts or any other cooked meat. IMG_6533


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 small purple shallots – finely sliced
  • 4 cloves of garlic – finely sliced
  • 200g bacon – finely chopped or sliced
  • 1/2 cup white wine or verjuice
  • 1 cup frozen peas – defrost in warm water (don’t cook)
  • 2 small cos lettuce – quartered lengthwise and the rinsed well
  • 2 cups good quality chicken stock
  • Salt
  • White pepper
  • Pepper


  1. Heat oil over medium heat and add garlic and shallots.
  2. Cook until tender, do not brown.
  3. Add bacon and fry until browned.
  4. De-glaze pan with wine/verjuice and reduce by half.
  5. Add peas and stock.
  6. When peas are nearly cooked add lettuce.
  7. Cover with lid for a couple of minutes until lettuce wilts slightly.
  8. Serve immediately.