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Spinach salad hot bacon dressing recipe | @AutumnPTW

Hello friends,

The holidays have past and I have the urge to get organized. One of the things on my “get organized” list is my growing collection of recipes and cookbooks.  As I stare at my storage tub of hodge podge printables and post it notes, it occurs to me.  I need to locate an old recipe.  My Nan’s Spinach salad with hot bacon dressing recipe.

Times flies, and holy cow…how the internet has changed things. Recipes in particular. Recipes used to be passed down from family, shared between friends or taken off the back of boxes. Hand written on recipe index cards and filed neatly in boxes or books. Newsflash: You can look up any total stranger with a blog on the internet and find out how they make chocolate cake and with one click, print out the recipe. I’ve learned, that can be both good and bad.  Good because we have access to a lot more options and bad because sometimes a stranger can steer you completely wrong, not to mention, my recipe print outs have grown outta control.

Spinach Salad hot bacon dressing recipe | AutumnPTW

My plan was to section out a kitchen cookbook nook..”someplace effective”. Create a filing system and toss books and recipes that I don’t use.  Along the way I got hungry, nostalgic and tad overwhelmed by the size of this project.  {I’m still not quite finished, in case you’re wondering}.

After traveling down memory lane, revisiting comforting memories of togetherness recipes that never happened and shameless kitchen disasters that did…an old dressing recipe from my grandmother resurfaced. I haven’t made it in years, it’s a classic depression era recipe.  By depression era I mean, from the good ol’ days of meat, potatoes white flour and bacon grease {1940’s}. I imagine I filed it with my “Not likely to make this”, “It’s not healthy” recipes at some point.  HA! Famous last words.

Spinach salad hot bacon dressing recipe | AutumnPTW

Any recipe can be lightened up. So, I thought I’d lighten things up a bit with this flavorful dressing and old school dinner salad.  I cut down on the sugar and the bacon grease and it turned out quite nicely!  You could even go as far as substituting turkey bacon, if you are feeling completely baconfatophobic.

Traditionally, it was served with sliced hard-boiled egg, red onion, fresh sliced mushrooms and topped with crumbled bacon pieces.  Pretty much completely different salad components… because I didn’t have time to boil and chill eggs.

Spinach salad hot bacon dressing recipe | @AutumnPTW

Your salad can include whatever your lil’ heart desires, mine has all kinds of goodies like spinach, peppery arugula, crunchy walnuts, sweet cranberries, ripe avocado and tangy feta cheese. Then all of these goodies are tossed in a quick hot-off-the-stove bacon dressing. It’s the perfect way to get your spinach deliciously wilted and those fond bacon comfort food memories all in one.  Mmmmmm

Spinach salad hot bacon dressing recipe

Hot Bacon Dressing

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Time: 4 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 Egg

1/4 tsp Salt

2 Tbls Flour

1 tsp Grainy Mustard (Guldens Brown)

1/4 cup Vinegar

1/4 cup Sugar

1 cup of Water

6-8 Slices of Thick Bacon

1 Tbls Bacon Grease, reserved

Cook bacon until crisp set aside and reserve some bacon grease.  Mix egg, salt flour and mustard in a bowl until smooth.  In a separate bowl mix vinegar and sugar and water until dissolved.  Add vinegar mixture to pan on low, once warm slowly whisk in the egg mixture. Mix over low heat until thick, then add bacon grease, whisk again.  Then add crumbled bacon.  Serve

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So there you have it.

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