PA Dutch Hot Bacon Dressing

Susan Bickta Recipe

By Susan Bickta souxie

35 Min
15 Min
Stove Top

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.


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
egg, beaten
2/3 c
2 Tbsp
2/3 c
2/3 c
apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp
1/4 tsp
fresh ground black pepper

Directions Step-By-Step

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!!

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Eggs
Regional Style: German
Collection: Bring on the Bacon!
Hashtags: #eggs, #lettuce, #sweet sour

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Marie Stoves Marie_Stoves
May 28, 2015
Apparently, it is also good over mashed potatoes too. one year my fatherinlaw thought it was gravy and dumped almost half the batch over his taters. I was so upset cause then there wasnt enough to go around. and I was out of bacon. If you are having gravy AND this dressing, I would advise labeling them. lol
Pamela LaRoche Pamela_LaRoche
May 28, 2015
This was probably the first sweet & sour food I ever had. I grew up eating it (in western PA) & "converted" my French ancestory husband to it. I don't remember adding the egg but I'll give it a try. We used a similar recipe to marinate onions.
Lori Church 1hotchilipepper
Apr 18, 2015
I don't know if you are still on this site, but I am from Bethlehem too, Walps was where I first had the lettuce with bacon dressing. I live in TN now, they have the same thing but they call it killed lettuce salad! Thanks for the recipe!
Susan Bickta souxie
Jun 11, 2013
Hello Linda Weiland!! Small world!! I was born and raised in Bethlehem, PA!!! Maybe I knew your husband's grandfather!!?? Ask him if he remembers Walp's restaurant .... popular PA Dutch restaurant in the Allentown/Bethlehem area. Yes.... this is my favorite PA Dutch recipe .... my mother also has a recipe almost like this one that uses milk instead of water ..... just can't bring myself to mix milk and vinegar!!! We use this on iceberg lettuce as well. Made a big batch (X's 4!) for potato salad for our Memorial Day picnic. It was gone in a flash!! Hope you like it!
Linda A Weiland laweiland
Jun 10, 2013
I have been searching for this recipe for years. My husbands Grandpa used to make this, they lived in Bethlehem PA, when we visited he always served over iceberg lettuce, it was one of my favorites.