Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Spinach Salad With Hot Bacon Dressing ..... A Taste Reminiscent of Time Spent With My Grandmother.

Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing
I remember my grandmother making salads with hot bacon dressing. I think you will enjoy this recipe.
8 slices thick-cut sliced bacon, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/2" pieces
1 10 ounce bag curly spinach, stemmed and torn into bite sized pieces
1/2 red onion, sliced thin
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
3 hard boiled eggs, quartered
Fry bacon in a Dutch oven over medium high heat until crisp, about 7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a paper towel and blot excess grease. Pour off bacon fat and replace with 1/4 cup vegetable oil. Place spinach which has been rinsed and spun dry in a salad spinner in a bowl next to stove.
Return pot to medium-high heat and cook onion, garlic, salt pepper and sugar until onion is softened, about three minutes. Working quickly, add vinegar and mustard and scrape bottom of pot with wooden spoon to loosen browned bits. Remove pot from heat, add spinach and cover, allowing spinach to steam until just beginning to wilt, about 15 seconds.
Transfer steamed spinach and hot dressing to empty bowl and toss lightly with tongs. Divide salad among individual plates and garnish with reserved bacon and eggs. Serve!

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