Hot Bacon Dressing
This is a recipe that my great grandmother made. You can serve this over cucumbers, cabbage or dandelion greens.
This is a recipe that my great grandmother made. You can serve this over cucumbers, cabbage or dandelion greens.
I found that the recipe wasn't specific enough and didn't explain when to stop reducing. I ended up with bacon caramel. It might have been me being a twit, but I usually don't have trouble doing a recipe for the first time. More detail would be helpful.Read More
Yummy dressing. I thought it might be a bit too sweet so I cut the sugar to 1 cup and doubled up on the bacon. Perfect! Thanks Mary.
After trying several Hot Bacon Dressing recipies over the past few months, I think we finally found a winner! My husband loved the flavor, and I was happy with the ingredient list and ease of preparation. It even re-heated very well.
As a restaurant owner/chef I can tell you that this is a recipe easily done to your taste. I use 1/2 cup Splenda and one Tbl. of sugar, as we have high risk for diabetes. It's ok to sprinkle precooked bacon to top, but finely chopped, thin bacon cooked well gives you the base you need. I remove bacon and drain, adding to the grease finely diced sweet onion (vidalia or Texas A&M 1016?) I strain off all but 1/4 cup grease. Too much sugar will turn thick or candied if not watched carefully. Melt sugar over low heat, then bring to a boil. Once boiling, remove from fire. If you want it thicker, place on heat and add cornstarch at 1/4 tsp at a time, waiting for thickening to happen. I add apple cider vinegar at the end, one Tbl or less at a time. You can always add more but you can't remove easily. Write it down when perfect for you. Sugar or Splenda can be added to taste. We used this dressing over mixed greens, spinach chiffonade, diced white meat chicken, thin sliced almonds or slivered, and fresh quartered strawberries. This way, you get protein, greens, nuts and sweet. I have the world's best Poppyseed Dressing which I use over mixed greens, diced chicken, Craisins, sliced almonds, finely diced onions. Yes, I share. It's great over mixed fruit also. Melon balls, cantaloupe, kiwi, grapes, strawberries....but pick your fav. Mix.
This is a very tasty dressing and I served it over spinach salad. My family said it was a keeper. I changed a couple things as I was making this recipe. I only used 3/4 cup sugar and added 2 tbsp. bacon drippings as suggested by another reviewer. I also read reviews on this recipe saying it became very thick. I don't believe this is suppose to be a thick dressing. I cooked the dressing over medium heat, stirring contantly until the sugar was melted and continued cooking for only a couple minutes more. It turned out perfect.
Delicious! The only thing I do different it cut up the bacon before I fry it. That way I don't have to crumble. It seperates as it fries and the quality is much better!
I found that the recipe wasn't specific enough and didn't explain when to stop reducing. I ended up with bacon caramel. It might have been me being a twit, but I usually don't have trouble doing a recipe for the first time. More detail would be helpful.
Oh so good! I cut back on the sugar a bit and just stirred until I was happy with the consistency. This is terrific on spinach salad!
This took a little time to prepare, but was well worth it. When you get so tired of the traditional "store bought" dressings, this is a different and yet tasty dressing. Our family enjoyed it on a regular salad! Thanks for the recipe! Its under our "favorites'!
I have finally found the recipe I have been looking for. My Grandparents always made this every spring with dandelion, but no one has ever written it down. Thank you!
This is a good recipe, but it could've been more specific on how long to cook it. Mine turned out very thick. Very sweet too- add less sugar? Overall it was good and I will try it again.
Fantastic! Per our reviewers, I did reduce sugar to 1 cup and add about 3 Tbsp of bacon drippings. Honestly, I'll probably reduce the sugar to 3/4 cup next time, because it was still a little too sweet for my tastes. I may try with red wine vinegar just to see how that turns out and maybe to see if the pop of color looks better. Served over spinach salad with toppings on the side for a "build your own salad" bar... cranberries, almonds, croutons, bacon, etc. Great recipe!
Very nice dressing. It was easy to make and tasted fantastic. I would like to try the balsamic vinegar and a little less sugar next time... but would not hesitate to make it again the exact same way either. Thanks for sharing!! I just made this again using real bacon bits to save time. Worked out great! Also - the balsamic vinegar is a MUST! YUM! YUM!
Different and pretty good. I think I prefer a lighter less sweet dressing though. Seems to stick like glue to the greens...maybe I cooked it too long.
This is your basic oil, vinegar, sugar recipe with a hint-o-bacon. What makes this dressing is what you put in the salad. I used spinach, red onion, fresh garden tomatoes, some hard cooked egg and crumbled the bacon on top instead of in the dressing. Very good.
This salad dressing is to die for!!
I agree that the amount of cooking time was vague, but the recipe is wonderful!! I used it as the main salad dressing at my daughters' baby shower and was highly praised. I will keep this recipe and use often. Great job Mary!!
Great recipe, changed it up a bit by cutting the sugar to 3/4 cup as suggested by another viewer, added 1 tlb.sp of brown sugar & 1-2 tlbs. of bacon drippings, cut the cornstarch by 1 tsp. so it wouldnt thicken too much. Poured it over spinach salad.. Yum thanks for sharing.
What a hit, so awesome on a spinach salad, with a little bit of pecan crusted chicken thrown in, it's a full and wonderful meal!
This dressing was Awesome!!!! Five stars. I did cut the sugar to 1/2 cup and used the grease from the bacon. Thanks for sharing!
This tasted great, but hardened really quickly. It was very sticky and stuck to my teeth like caramel. What did I do wrong?
Halved the sugar and THIS WAS AWESOME!!! A great mix of sweet, salty & sour!
This was a delicious recipe. I also cut down on the sugar and put 3/4 of a cup- I could have even reduced it a bit more. Also I just took the bacon and crumbled it onto the salad which was great!
We had this fabulous bacon dressing at a five star restaurant and since then I have been trying to find a recipe that comes close to it. This is IT. I only gave it four stars because I tweaked it a bit after reading the other reviews. I only used 1 cup of sugar(may cut it down even more in the future) and added some of the bacon grease which gave it a wonderful flavor. Just make sure you stir constantly, low heat, and don't over cook it. When the sugar is melted then it is done. Thanks for the recipe. Will make again.
This is a fantastic dressing! Even my picky husband loved it! The only thing I would change is to cut down a bit on the sugar. I will make this again and again!! Thank you for sharing!!!
Love it!! Have been looking for a recipe for this and it was wonderful. I did cut the sugar and the cornstarch and added bacon drippings. Served on fresh baby spinach, boiled egg, feta, diced red onion and crumbled bacon. UMM good!
After reading other reviews I decided to cut the sugar in half. I still found it a little too sweet, but close to what I had wanted. Pretty good, though. I'll definitely try it again.
This was a great dressing. My family loved it. I used 1 cup of sugar and added 2 TBS of the bacan drippings.
I didn't give it 5 stars only because of the sugar content. I altered the recipe to only 1/2 cup sugar and used cider vinegar instead. This with some almonds, roasted red peppers and shrimp tossed with spinach leaves was the most amazing salad! We love Applebee's salad so much and we can't be happier to have found a dressing that comes so very close! Thank you!
Great dressing! I will be making this again. I would like to try less sugar next time. I also cut the bacon into pieces before I cooked it. Be patient while waiting for the dressing to thicken. I read the reviews that said their's never did thicken. Mine took about 45 minutes from beginning to end - longer than the recipe calls for. THanks for sharing!
Good basic hot bacon dressing, but for my tastes it needs a little tweaking. I like really sweet stuff, but this is a little too sweet even for me. I'll cut down the sugar by 1/3 to 1/2 next time. I made it with packaged real bacon pieces and white wine vinegar. Great on a fresh spinach salad with a little red onion and fresh ground pepper.
This dressing was fantastic! My boyfriend and I were in need of a change from the same old Italian dressing that we have almost every night. We had it over baby spinach leaves with sliced mushrooms, red onion and feta cheese. Delish!
This is a great dressing for fresh spinach. Doesn't take a lot of effort and tastes great!
Outstanding salad! I used spinach leaves, leaf lettuce, walnuts,hard boiled egg slices, bacon crumbles, pineapple tidbits, mandarin oranges, and shredded cheese. The dressing mixture didn't seem to thicken much at all but it was absolutely delicious.
very good dressing, and very easy to make! I used it over spinach and added hard boiled egg and croutons--wonderful! new family favorite
Terrific! Better than Marie Callender's hot bacon dressing! I know it's super sugary and fatty but you don't need much dressing to make your salad extra special. My family relished every bite. Additional note: I've made this again and again. It tastes different--even better--using cider vinegar, rice vinegar or balsamic. All good. And it is just fabulous tossed with cooked, halved brussels sprouts! (Cut in half and steam or boil in water until cooked.)My husband used to hate brussel sprouts, but now he loves them! Oh and yes, cut back on sugar and do add the bacon grease!
This is very good! I have looked along time and tried other recipes but this is it! I halved the sugar and it was plenty sweet!
Best dressing in the world!!! But, you have to eat it imetily because the lettuce can wilt if you don't.
I have looked for a hot bacon dressing for years and this is fantastic! My whole family loves it! Great on spinach salad with diced tomatoes and egg! I did cut sugar to 1/2 cup as suggested by others. FANTASTIC!
This was OK, but not really what I was looking for. Neither my husband or children cared for it. I enjoyed the salad enough, but just wasn't impressed with the dressing...too much corn starch, I think. It was too thick..too jellied from the cornstarch. I might try again, but tweek it to my liking more.
This is WAY too sweet. Lost the taste of bacon and any tangy notes. I would cut sugar to 1/4 cup next time and use apple cider vinegar.
Yum! Yum! Yum!!! This is so tasty you'll want to eat salads all day!! I like to add green onions to my salad also for a little bite. :-)
This is a great simple recipe...as written, a little bland for our tastes, but that's all personal preference. To spice it up a bit I added a little extra seasoning salt (Alpine Touch, which has MSG as a flavor enhancer), some white wine vinegar, a dribble of apple cider vinegar (finished off the bottle), some bacon drippings, and about 1/2 c finely chopped sweet onion. Delicious either way!
Looking for Applebee's recipe? You Found It! Excellent! A wonderful true to taste recipe. Don't change a thing.
I used Spenda instead of sugar (a little less than called for as Splenda tends to be sweeter than sugar) and 1/2 Red Wine and 1/2 Balsamic vinegar instead of White. JUST LOVED IT!!
Excellent, but only cook about 10 minutes or it's too thick when it cools.
We LOVED this dressing...it is just like the one from Applebee's. I took the advice from other reviewers and reduced the sugar. I used 3/4 cup of sugar, and 2 tsp of corn starch, and I think the sweetness was perfect...not too vinegary and not too sweet. I think any more sugar would have been too sweet. We also added about 1/2 of a sauteed onion. We are DEFINITELY making this again.
Yummy; 10 stars; loved it. Its a keeper
I substitute the cider vinegar for red wine vinegar, red onion slices sauteed with the sliced mushrooms in the leftover bacon grease briefly to tenderize. I add croutons and sliced boiled egg to the spinach. You have to wait until the last minute before serving and toss the dressing quickly so the spinach won't be so mushy. This is called wilted salad dressing also because when tossed hot on lettuce or spinach, it wilts the leaves. The options are endless for whatever you like in your spinach salad.
This was very easy to make and everyone loved it.
Too sweet. I cut the sugar by 1/3 and it was still too sweet. I would use half the sugar and twice the vinegar.
I used apple cider vinegar and it tastes just like my mom and grandma used to make!! It is great on fried potatoes too!
THIS IS EXCELLENT!! I used Splenda instead of sugar..and made a green salad and topped it with steamed shrimp just like applebees does and it was as close to perfect as it can be...delicious!!! Thanks so much for sharing. I will make this again and again!
Used thick cut peppercorn bacon. After cooking I tipped the pan to let the fat drain but left a tiny bit that contained most of the pepper. No salt and I cut back on sugar a bit and had to use cider vinegar as I was out of white.
It was very good. I was suprised by how easy it really was. For some reason, I thought that this would be more work. I added a few hot pepper flakes to give it a little zip. I made half the recipe and still had way too much. It goes futher than you think - don't drown the greens with too much dressing. I will certainly use this one again. I used the thick pepper bacon and didn't crumble it very much - I liked the added flavor. Very good - worth trying
This dressing was very easy to make and it tastes exactly like the Applebee's dressing which is what I was trying to recreate! I only used 2 bacon slices and cut them up prior to cooking. I also cut the sugar back to 1 cup which worked well. It got much thicker upon sitting so I might take it off the heat a little sooner next time so it wasn't as sticky at the end of the meal. I grilled up some shrimp and tossed them and the dressing with some fresh baby spinach and it was great!
This was delicious! I added about a teaspoon of the bacon drippings and instead of using only white vinegar, I used about 1/4 c white vinegar and 1/4 c apple cider vinegar. I served over a spinach salad with honey roasted pecans and cranberries. Will definitely be making this again!
Fantastic! I did lower the amount of sugar to only one cup (instead of 1 1/2 cups). After I started to heat it I felt there was too much bacon so I just made another batch of the dressing....worked out perfectly.
Best hot bacon dressing I've ever had! My husband is not a salad eater, but he had a few bowls full with this dressing! Will make this over and over!
simple to make & tastes out of this world! Thanks for sharing Mary
We mmm'd and aaah'd our way through a wonderful spinach salad, and the dressing did taste great. That being said, this recipe is just too sweet for our tastes to use again without a big modification to the sweetener aspect - even though I cut back on the sugar to 1 cup (and added a dollop of honey). Next time I'll use half a cup raw sugar, 1/4 cup honey. Of course I may have to experiment with adding a bit more water & cornstarch to get the consistency right, but that's what us kitchen mad scientists live for... Thanks, Mary!
I was looking for a recipe to use up a head of cabbage I had when I came across this recipe. I haven't had this in 20 YEARS!! It's amazing how food can bring back memories. I remember being at a friend's house when she made this for us. I LOVED it then and am so glad I found it again! She served it over steamed cabbage. I couldn't wait to steam the cabbage so I put the dressing over it raw! One note of caution I only used the amount of sugar to taste. Start with a small amount and add more if needed because it can get too sweet.
Really great dressing!!! Its got a sweet taste. I tweaked the amount of sugar and cornstarch, and it turned out PERFECT!!! Also I let it get cold in the frige for a few hrs, and then reheat it in the microwave for about 30 sec. then it didn't wilt the spinach and was perfect and warm!!!!
This was absolutely fantastic! I served it over a spinach salad for Father's Day and every drop was GONE! I added chopped hard boiled egg, gorgonzola cheese and craisins to the salad and it was such a wonderful blend of sweet, tart and tangy! I can't stress how easy it was, I was a bit intimidated when I first started making it, but no worries, it's simple, quick and no fuss! I did read other reviews and cut way back on the sugar, I only used half a cup and 2 tablespoons. Other than that, I didn't alter a thing! This is an excellent way to eat your spinach LOL!
This was a little too sweet for me, but we didn't have any trouble eating it all! Next time I'll cut back on the sugar and we will have it again. Thanks for the recipe. Edited - I did cut back on the sugar and added some bacon grease. We like it kinda thick so it simmered for quite a while, but is definitely the taste I was looking for.
I made this for a client dinner and had 3 people ask me how I made the amazing dressing. It was soooo good.
Way too sweet
This recipe is easy and tastes AWESOME!!!! I added red onion and poured it over spinach/shrimp salad (similar to Applebees).
"Now this is my kind of salad dressing!" is what hubby said. You know, sometimes the simplest things in life are the best. This recipe is one of those things. Bacon, vinegar, sugar - fabulous! I kept a little of the bacon drippings in the pan, reduced the sugar by a third, and served it over fresh baby spinach. It was the highlight of our meal!
A1 recipe, I love it. I am diabetic so I used granulated Splenda and I ran out of white vinegar so I substituted with red wine vinegar. It was really good to.
YUMMY! I too was looking for Abbleby's tasting dressing. This was so close! I had the whole family for dinner (7 adults & 1 teenager) and they all said they'd eat it again! OMG, who knew
This is amazing! I prepared it a little ahead of dinner time to put on a spinach steak salad and I honestly am having a hard time waiting. (I've been tasting it with bagel chips, cucumbers, cheese chunks) Would highly recommend
My husband said this was "outstanding" and he's pretty particular, especially with salads....I served this dressing (using only 1/2 the sugar per other reviews and adding a little of the bacon grease to it) over spinach leaves, tomato, hard-boiled egg, a little feta cheese and candied pecans (sounds like a strange combination but it was an excellent blend of flavors.) Thanks for a great dressing!
This is just like a famous restaurants dressing that I have been looking for, for years! PERFECT! You want to know what the name of the dish was that I ordered at the restaurant? Spinach Salad with Hot bacon Dressing!!!
great dressing., but too sweet. Just cut the sugar in half and it's perfect.
I used an equal amount of white sugar and cider vinegar. Cubed and boiled a red potato and mixed that with the bacon dressing. Then I mixed in baby spinach and wilted it with the warm dressing & potatoes. This salad tasted like German Potato Salad but with the added spinach nutrition!
Used one cup of sugar instead of 1 1/2 cups but was still very sweet. I used this on a dandelion salad so this dressing helped offset the bitterness. I will make this again using even less sugar next time.
This recipe is so simple to make and tastes fantastic. Makes me want to eat more spinach salads.
I used turkey bacon to cut down on the fat and cholesterol in this recipe, and it turned out great! I also substituted flour for cornstarch (I was out) with excellent results. I doubled the recipe because my garden is overflowing with spinach and I ended up only adding one cup of sugar based on the advice of other reviewers; however, it probably could have used a bit more sugar as it turned out on the sour side. This is a keeper for sure!
Perfect recipe - I will never buy this in the store again since it's so easy to make. I didn't have to change a thing.
Made this per the recipe, except I used about 5 slice of bacon, and a little less salt. Turned out terrific!
This is the best hot bacon dressing ever! The only changes I made were the reduction of sugar to 3/4 cup and adding the bacon grease - both suggested by another reviewer and I used apple cider vinegar instead of white. Absolutely wonderful! My husband will now eat spinach salad. I wish I had taken a pic but I forgot. We had spinach salad with leftover steak sliced on top and avocados, cherry tomatoes and glazed pecans and gorgonzola cheese. Yum!
I have been looking for a recipe like this for awhile. It is SOOO YUMMY! I wanted one that was easy and with ingredients I already had. Taste like the version you get in the restaurants.
This was great and I think a lot like Applebees. I only used 1 1/4 cups sugar, some of the bacon grease and added a little more cornstarch since it didn't seem to get thick. I served it over spinich with grilled shrimp and chopped red onion, roasted red pepper and toasted almond slices. UMMMM. I will be making this a lot! Thanks for the recipe. Now I don't have to go to Applebees to satisfy my craving.
adore this recipe on dandelion with hard boiled egg. brings me back my pre-kindergarten days when I used to go out in spring w/ my grandmother to collect fresh dandelion before it started to bloom. the new leaves were tender and not too bitter. we'd cut them out at root w/ a red handled paring knife and then my job was to wash and dry it in her huge enamel sink while grandma made the dressing.
Served this last night over a simple spinach salad and really enjoyed it. I cut the sugar back to 1/2 cup and subbed cider vinegar. I did not add salt since bacon is already salty enough for us. I used a bit of the bacon grease for flavoring and sprinkled the bacon on the salad rather than mixed in the dressing. It was very simple and will use again. May try it with balsamic vinegar next time.
Good recipe....just like I remember from childhood. I did cut the sugar back to 1 cup. I liked it, but no one else in my family did. They thought it was too sweet.
This for me wasn't the best hot bacon dressing I have ever tried. I like the kind with onions as well as the bacon. I also like the sweet and tangy taste of most hot bacon dressing has. This one was not as bitey as I like. The search will continue.
This is a great dressing!!!!!
Cut sugar to 3/4 cup and definitely no more than 1
This is awesome! I'm trying to eat more veggies, and this definately helped to get the spinach down! I did add a bit of onion to the bacon as it was cooking. Thank you for the great recipe!
I think this recipe is as close as you can get to Applebees Warm Bacon Dressing without going there. It is delicious on spinach salad. I reduced the sugar to 1 cup and let it simmer for about 12-15 minutes. Remember, the longer you simmer, the more it will take on the consistency of syrup. Oh I used a mixture of red wine vinegar and white vinegar. You won't be disappointed .
SO good. I did cut back on the sugar. I poured this over a spinach salad with crumbled goat cheese and candied walnuts. Amazing.
Tasty!!!! I used the dressing on spinach salad. I will definitely make this again.
My family loves this.
Super yummy. I did decide to add a little ground pepper after I made it following the instructions and tasted it. It's great both ways!
This was really good. The only thing I did differently was using 1/2 sugar and 1/2 stevia. Served with Citrus Salmon in Parchment and Oven-Roasted Asparagus.
exactly what I was looking for! Heats up easily and tastes even better the second day!
absolutely amazing. i used the exact recipe - 1/2 cup of sugar - for a total of 1 cup instead based off of the other reviews. made this for my family, who are the biggest food critics, and everyone loved it. this will be a household staple.