Sunday, February 10, 2013

English pea, bacon and cheese salad

We regularly go for a Sunday night pot luck and poker game at a friends house.  Each week is a different food theme, and recently it was British.  Well the challenge for me was to come up with something green to go with the heavy meat centric dishes that were being served.  I came up with this, which is a salad I can remember having in cafes and restaurants in England, if never having actually made it myself.

Actually it was very tasty and a good salad for a pot luck as it keeps well and cab be made in the middle of winter when perhaps fresh salad ingredients are not so readily available.

1/2 package of bacon
1 medium bag of frozen peas
1/2 lb of cheese preferably English cheese I used Double Gloucester
1 bunch of green onions chopped

Dressing ingredients
1/2 cup of mayonnaise
1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons of milk
2 tablespoons of fresh mint chopped.

Chop up the bacon and cook until it is crispy place on paper towel to drain.

I was lucky enough to have some English style bacon that is less fatty than the regular bacon here in Canada.

Put the frozen peas in a large colander and put in the sink and put under a tap and run luke warm water over the peas until they are defrosted.  No need to cook.

Place the now defrosted peas in a bowl and add the cheese mix together.

Then add the bacon and green onion.  Mix the dressing ingredients together and add to the pea mixture.

Mix and serve.  Perhaps not the healthiest salad in the world, but tasty, easy and can be made with ingredients you probably have the ingredients in your fridge right now.

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