PA Dutch Hot Bacon Dressing

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Serves: 4
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Cooking Method: Stove Top


1 large head iceberg lettuce, torn into bite size pieces or
3-4 lb cooked, diced potatoes (if making potato salad)
1/2 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 egg, beaten
2/3 c sugar
2 Tbsp flour
2/3 c water
2/3 c apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper

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Susan Bickta Recipe
Well Seasoned
Kutztown, PA (pop. 5,012)
Member Since Nov 2011
Susan's notes for this recipe:
This was an old standby in our house when I was growing up in Pennsylvania Dutch Country. My mother would always make this for out-of-state visitors. It's a perfect example of the "sweet/sour" recipes that the PA Dutch are known for. This dressing can be used on iceberg lettuce or as a dressing to make German style potato salad as pictured.
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In a large serving bowl, tear lettuce into bite size pieces. Set aside.
Cook the bacon in a 10-inch non-stick skillet. Remove bacon from skillet when cooked and set aside. Do not discard bacon fat. You will be using it to complete the cooked dressing.
In a medium bowl, combine the egg, sugar, flour, water, vinegar, salt and pepper. Mix well and add to skillet with bacon fat. Cook, stirring constantly, for about 4-5 minutes or until dressing thickens and is hot and bubbly. Crumble bacon and add to skillet. Mix well.
Pour hot dressing over lettuce and toss to coat.
Please note: this dressing can be used to make German Potato Salad as well. Just substitute 3 pounds of cooked, diced potatoes for the lettuce. Add 1 stalk of celery, diced and 1 small onion, diced and you have another PA Dutch style salad!!

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user Susan Bickta souxie - Aug 8, 2012
I shared a photo of this recipe. View photo
user Judy Yoder 2bsassy - Aug 9, 2012
Glad to find an original version of beacon dressing. Instead of lettuce I use endive. When I was a girl my job was to find dandelion greens(before flower) in our yard.
user Marie Stoves Marie_Stoves - Feb 22, 2013
so it IS cider vinegar. Thanks Cuz. I also like to add endive or fresh picked dandelion greens.
user Marie Stoves Marie_Stoves - Feb 22, 2013
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
user Susan Bickta souxie - Feb 23, 2013
OK, CUZ!!!! Yuppers ..... always use cider vinegar ...... love this recipe... it's so good on lettuce or potatoes!!!

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