By Kevin Williams
Bacon is as popular in Amish kitchens as it is in non-Amish kitchens. The only difference is that in most Amish kitchens the bacon is going to be off the slab, fresh from a just-butchered hog. The bacon will probably be sugar-cured and thick. Bacon is a favorite to be made into a hot dressing, into slaw, burgers and other treats. Here are five favorite Amish bacon recipes from the Amish365.com archives and other sources. Enjoy!
AMISH BACON TREAT: Wow, this has turned out to be one of the most popular recipes on Amish365.com. I got it from an elderly Amish woman in Switzerland County, Indiana. Amazingly simply recipe. Click here to enjoy!
AMISH HOT BACON SLAW: this is a recipe that shows up at picnics and gatherings quite a bit during the summer in Amish settlements. Check it out here.
AMISH BACON CHEESE SPREAD
This is a great recipe because you can spread it on crackers and enjoy, or, here's a neat use: spoon a couple of tablespoons into the middle of a hamburger before you cook it for a delicious, cheesy, bacony burger.
2 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
10 slices bacon, fried and crumbled
⅓ c. onion, chopped
½ green pepper, chopped
1 /2 cup mayonnaise
8 oz. sharp Cheddar
1 tbsp. lemon juice
¼ tsp. garlic powder
HOMEMADE HOT BACON DRESSING
This recipe was traditionally served hot over lettuce, dandelions, or endive and has deep roots in the Lancaster County Amish community:
- 1 pound bacon cooked and crumbled
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 3 eggs (depending on size)
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 4 cups water
- Preheat large skillet, lightly greased to med/high.
- Mix all ingredients, except for bacon, in a mixing bowl.
- Pour ingredients from mixing bowl into skillet and heat just to boiling.
- Add crumbled bacon.
- Add flour or cornstarch to thicken to about the consistency of gravy, and it's done.
- Traditionally, this was served over lettuce, endive, or dandelions
Iv'e had the hot bacon dressing over spinach leaves. Yum it is really good.