Fluffy bite-size pancakes studded with blanched fresh garden peas make a delightful passed hors d'oeuvre. Top each with a generous dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of crisp bacon.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Prepare an ice bath; set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder, and set aside. Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Add 1 tablespoon salt and the peas. Return water to a boil; cook 1 minute. Drain in a colander; transfer peas to the ice bath to stop cooking and preserve their color. Drain, and pat dry with paper towels.

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  • Transfer 2/3 cup peas to the jar of a blender. Add cream, butter, and remaining teaspoon salt; blend until mixture is smooth and combined. Add eggs, and process a few seconds more, just until they are fully combined. Fold pea mixture into flour mixture, and fold in remaining whole peas. Set aside.

  • Heat a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add bacon, and cook until fat is rendered and bacon is golden and crisp, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spatula, transfer bacon to a paper-towel-lined plate; let drain. Pour off all but 2 teaspoons rendered fat from pan into a heat-proof bowl, and set aside.

  • Return pan to medium heat. Working in batches, drop heaping tablespoons of pea batter into pan, being careful not to overcrowd. Cook until underside is golden, about 2 minutes. Turn pancakes over, and cook until other side is golden and pancakes are cooked through, about 2 minutes more. Transfer to a large plate. Repeat with remaining batter, adding reserved fat as needed between batches.

  • Place pancakes on a large serving tray or individual plates. Top each pancake with a dollop of sour cream, and sprinkle with bacon. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

The batter can be prepared up to an hour in advance and kept covered in the refrigerator.

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