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pa dutch hot bacon dressing

(5 ratings)
Recipe by
Susan Bickta
Kutztown, PA

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.

(5 ratings)
yield 4 serving(s)
prep time 35 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For pa dutch hot bacon dressing

  • 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

How To Make pa dutch hot bacon dressing

  • 1
    In a large serving bowl, tear lettuce into bite size pieces. Set aside.
  • 2
    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.
  • 3
    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.
  • 4
    Pour hot dressing over lettuce and toss to coat.
  • 5
    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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