This easy side dish is a great compliment to any meal. Even the picky eaters will devour this vegetable side. Bacon and balsamic vinegar combine with raw sugar to give a sweet and tart finish with a gourmet look.

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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
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Directions

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  • Cook the minced bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until the fat has rendered out and the bacon has begun to crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside, leave the bacon fat in the skillet. Add the sugar snap peas, and toss to coat with the fat. Cook and stir until just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Pour in the balsamic vinegar, sugar, and cooked bacon. Continue cooking until the balsamic has reduced, and the sugar has dissolved, about 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

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Nutrition Facts

198 calories; 10.2 g protein; 19.9 g carbohydrates; 20.4 mg cholesterol; 433.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
03/16/2008
This was pretty good. I followed the recipe pretty closely although I did drain about 1/3 of the bacon grease before adding the snap peas. I thought the snap peas ended up overcooked using the cook times in this recipe although I will admit I like very crisp veggies. In the future I will immediately add the sugar and vinegar right when I add the snap peas. It was distressing to me to watch the peas loose their beautiful bright green color as the vinegar was reducing. Also I thought it was slightly sweet and would probably only use half as much sugar in the future. I did buy Sugar in the Raw but I'm not sure why you couldn't use regular sugar or even honey. Of course since I had to buy a box of 100 packets of Sugar in the Raw I can make this recipe another 33 times before I have to worry about what kind of sweetener to use... Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/28/2008
Some of the grease needs to be drained off before adding the balsamic - the greasy balsamic sauce wasn't very appealing. I used regular sugar (couldn't see where 1 T. of turdinado vs. regular sugar would make any difference). Read More
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62 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 35
  • 4 star values: 22
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
03/16/2008
This was pretty good. I followed the recipe pretty closely although I did drain about 1/3 of the bacon grease before adding the snap peas. I thought the snap peas ended up overcooked using the cook times in this recipe although I will admit I like very crisp veggies. In the future I will immediately add the sugar and vinegar right when I add the snap peas. It was distressing to me to watch the peas loose their beautiful bright green color as the vinegar was reducing. Also I thought it was slightly sweet and would probably only use half as much sugar in the future. I did buy Sugar in the Raw but I'm not sure why you couldn't use regular sugar or even honey. Of course since I had to buy a box of 100 packets of Sugar in the Raw I can make this recipe another 33 times before I have to worry about what kind of sweetener to use... Thanks for the recipe! Read More
(29)
Rating: 4 stars
03/16/2008
This was pretty good. I followed the recipe pretty closely although I did drain about 1/3 of the bacon grease before adding the snap peas. I thought the snap peas ended up overcooked using the cook times in this recipe although I will admit I like very crisp veggies. In the future I will immediately add the sugar and vinegar right when I add the snap peas. It was distressing to me to watch the peas loose their beautiful bright green color as the vinegar was reducing. Also I thought it was slightly sweet and would probably only use half as much sugar in the future. I did buy Sugar in the Raw but I'm not sure why you couldn't use regular sugar or even honey. Of course since I had to buy a box of 100 packets of Sugar in the Raw I can make this recipe another 33 times before I have to worry about what kind of sweetener to use... Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2008
This recipe took a package of tired looking sugar snap peas and made them into something my kids raved about. One of the best "impact" side dishes I have made in quite awhile. I might moderate the amount of bacon grease I use the the next time to see if you can use less fat and still have the wonderful flavor. The first time my daughter has said this is as good as a fine restaurant to me in quite a long time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/02/2009
WOW! These are so good! Surprisingly my kids loved them. Even my four year old ate a couple of them. I used frozen sugar snap peas and I only used a TBSP. of the bacon grease and it was plenty. I did not have raw sugar but used 3/4 tsp. of brown sugar. These turned out great. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/14/2009
A nice easy recipe. I used 2 slices of bacon, added a clove of minced garlic and a pinch of red pepper flakes for a little heat. I served this with mashed potatoes, and the Roast Sticky Chicken-Rotisserie Style (from this site). The mashed potatoes were a nice complement to the bacon in the snap peas. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/13/2008
Really yummy and quick! Even my picky 8 year old loves these and is happy when they are part of our meal. I love these in the spring when it's still chilly in the evenings. Thanks for this great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2009
Yum! I love snap peas. I also love balsamic so I knew this was a match. I used fresh snap peas but had to use Splenda as I can't have sugar but it turned out wonderful and less calories also. I pre-cooked my bacon crispy so didn't use the bacon grease but just a tablespoon of olive oil to fry the beans in. Great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/21/2008
I love snap peas and this glaze is so yummy. The only tweak I make is adding some slivered almonds on top right before serving. I love the crunch. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/10/2011
Nice. I followed the recipe and it turned out very good. A little more bacon grease than I would normally consume but the flavor was superb. Does not reheat well. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/21/2011
I used balsamic glaze instead of reducing the balsamic vinegar with the sugar. I also added 1 tsp of olive oil and toasted sesame oil as well as some garlic powder and salt. It was delicious! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/28/2008
Some of the grease needs to be drained off before adding the balsamic - the greasy balsamic sauce wasn't very appealing. I used regular sugar (couldn't see where 1 T. of turdinado vs. regular sugar would make any difference). Read More
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