Thursday, July 7, 2011

Warm Bacon Salad Dressing

This is wonderful on fresh spinach salad (or mixed greens salads.)  Because berries are in season right now I added blueberries, blackberries, extra bacon, and also some toasted pumpkin seeds and sliced celery.  You can skip the berries and add hard cooked eggs, (sliced, wedged, or crumbled), sliced scallions,  chopped green or red bell peppers, croutons (and cheese of your choice, sliced, diced or crumbled.)

Warm Bacon Salad Dressing
From the Kitchen of Once Upon a Plate, by Mari
(Makes a little over 8 ounces of dressing)

1 1/4 cups pineapple juice
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup water
3 Tablespoons corn starch
3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon soy sauce or Tamari 
Freshly ground black pepper ~ a few grinds (optional)
4 to 6 slices bacon (Applewood smoked makes an extra flavorful dressing)

Note:  The dressing is prepared in the same pot/saucepan in which the bacon is fried.

In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients (except  the bacon), stir well to dissolve sugar and cornstarch. Set aside.

Cut bacon slices crosswise into  1/2 to 1-inch pieces, place bacon pieces in a 2 to 3 quart pot/saucepan, turn heat to medium high and cook bacon until medium crisp, stirring occasionally to cook it evenly. (Do not overcook the bacon or it will be tasteless!)  With a slotted spoon, remove bacon to paper towel to drain. When cool enough to handle, chop or crumble into medium size pieces.
Pour out all but 1 Tablespoon bacon drippings from pot, add pineapple juice mixture and simmer until thick, stirring frequently.  If dressing is too thick, thin a bit with a little water or more pineapple juice. Stir in bacon pieces to warm through. Taste, and adjust seasonings.  Serve hot or warm over salad.


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