Bacon Dressing and the Revolutionary War

Are you a loyalist or a patriot?  We were asked that when we went to the kids camp for lunch.  Little did he know!  My husband said pacifist but apparently back then if you said that people just assumed you were a loyalist and were treated with suspicion.  Now my husband doesn’t have any American history in his family but I do.  My mum is American and people have been coming over nearly every generation in this family since the early 1600’s.  Including me.  So it makes for an interesting genealogy.  There was a good number of my family that had to high tail it to Canada as they were loyalists.  They came back down about fifty years later.   You know, when it was safe.  🙂

Not sure if the gentleman playing the father of the camp noticed my Union Jack on the back of my phone!  But we were served anyway.  Lucky us as the kids did an amazing job.  They made blueberry jam, butter, cornbread, pickles and soup.  The soup was tasty but a bit much on a very hot day.  So I was wilting a bit at the end.  Loved the butter and the jam.  So yummy.  We were impressed with everything they did.  And it was hard work keeping the fires going so they could boil the water and keep the tavern guests fed.

After a hot lunch it seemed like a good idea to do a cool dinner.  I had some bacon to finish up.  I know, tough problem to have.  🙂  But didn’t want it to go to waste.  I thought I would have a go at some bacon dressing.  Once I started cooking the bacon the dogs got very focused on what I was doing.  Boy were they optimistic!

Bacon salad 1 2013

To make the dressing I scraped the bacon fat into a bowl and added some olive oil and white balsamic vinegar.   I think I put a bit too much vinegar in.  It was tasty but either less vinegar or more bacon drippings.  Which would mean cooking more bacon.  But it had a brightness to it that went well with the salad.

Bacon salad 2 2013

The genius of salad is you can tailor it to the individual taste.  My husband likes beets and onion on his and he’s not a fan of blue cheese.  So for his I added some jarlsberg.  I love blue cheese and bacon together.  A great combo.

Bacon salad 3 2013 Bacon salad 4 2013

Very filling on a hot day and I just love all the fresh flavours of the veg.

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19 thoughts on “Bacon Dressing and the Revolutionary War

      • It was good, but not “great”… I think I should have used a more subtle vinegar, like a white balsamico or something along those lines, because the white vinegar I used was definitely too strong.
        Mind you, it gave the dressing a very distinct hotdog taste – odd to taste a spoonful of liquid that tastes like a hotdog, but the bacon fat gave the sausage-like pork taste and the vinegar was reminiscent of pickled cucumbers.

        NEXT time I will make it just right, I’m sure.

  1. This dressing sounds fantastic! I know I would love it. Well it’s bacon right? 😉 Your salads look good too, I never thought to add beets to a salad.

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