If you never had this, you won't believe how good it is!!!
I did a search on this forum, and I couldn't believe I couldn't find this. This dressing has been passed down in my family as far back as I know of. My Grandparents used it on Endive or Dandelion greens, but I never did acquire a taste for those greens, as they are quite bitter. I use it on lettuce & cut up tomatoes, and usually just lettuce. I don't personally add anything else, because I don't like any of the awesome Bacon dressing flavor covered up. Some PA Dutch people also use it on German Potato Salad, but that was never done in my family, that I know of.
In my area, most restaurants offer it on a salad, on their regular menu. They vary a bit, but most are very good, and some are just about identical to the way ours tastes.
You can make it thinner or thicken it to your taste, but below is the way we make it.
There is also a commercial outfit (Wos-Wit) that produces & sells it in various sized jars, and their product tastes very similar. I'll add a picture of that below.
So here we go---Ingredients:
1 large egg, well beaten
1/4 to 1/3 cup granulated sugar (your taste)
1/4 cup vinegar
2 cups water
4 to 6 strips bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces (your taste)
3 tablespoon all purpose flour
Beat the sugar into the egg. Add the vinegar and water, and beat well. Stir in the flour and stir until smooth.
Meanwhile, brown the bacon in a frying pan.
Remove Bacon from pan & save, leaving Bacon Fat in pan.
Pour the mixture into hot frying pan with Bacon fat, and cook over medium-high heat until thickened, stirring constantly.
Add saved Bacon pieces to the pan with the mixture, and continue to stir for another minute or two.
Pour Hot Bacon Dressing over chopped greens and mix thoroughly. Serve immediately.
Notes: The dressing can be prepared ahead and reheated, stirring constantly to keep from sticking to pan. If it gets too thick, add a little water. Depending on how big your salad is, you might have leftover dressing. It can be refrigerated and reheated before pouring on fresh greens. It can also be reheated in the microwave, being careful not to boil it too much.
Note: I should mention the batch Mrs Bear & I made below was actually a half batch of the above ingredients.
Frying up some Bacon pieces:
Mix all ingredients well:
Remove Fried Bacon pieces from pan, and save, leaving Bacon fat in pan:
Pour Dressing into pan with Bacon fat, and cook over medium-high heat until thickened, stirring constantly:
Dump Fried Bacon pieces into mixture, and stir for another minute or two:
Pour the amount of “Hot Bacon Dressing” that you want into your salad & toss just a bit:
Commercially made Bacon Dressing, by "Wos-Wit" is very similar:
Edited by Bearcarver - 12/6/13 at 10:12am