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Dinner Tonight: Pea Shoots with Shrimp, Bacon, and Chives

Do you have opinions on pea shoots? I sure didn't until a few days ago when I snatched up a package of them solely because I'd never cooked with them before. It was time I figured out at least to cook with them. Of course, if you have any recommendations I'd love to hear them. But the one I settled from Saveur turned out to be a great place to start.

Though it tastes nothing like a traditional spinach and bacon salad, it's prepared in much the same way. Bacon is cooked, a vinaigrette is made with the rendered fat, and it's then poured over the greens. Everything slightly wilts. But instead of ending up rich and filling, it seems vibrant and clean. That's mostly because pea shoots have a much lighter flavor than spinach, and the cool shrimp are crisp and succulent.

If you're in the need of a light meal between the heavy winter stews, this might be the answer.

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