pennsylvania dutch hot bacon dressing

Pennsylvania Dutch Hot Bacon Dressing

Pennsylvania Dutch Hot Bacon Dressing

We’re going Dutch today with the flavors of sweet and sour in a Pennsylvania Dutch Hot Bacon Dressing. Pennsylvanians love the flavor of sweet and sour that have been given to us by the Mennonite and Amish communities known as Pennsylvania Dutch.

pennsylvania dutch hot bacon dressing

Pennsylvania Dutch Hot Bacon Dressing

My grandmother LOVED hot bacon dressing over tender, young dandelion greens. We never treated our lawn with any chemicals, just let Mother Nature take her course. As a result, had lots of safe, edible greens growing out back of the house. I clearly remember my Nana walking the yard, stooped over, picking the greens for salad; digging the leaves out with a sharp kitchen knife then dropping the clumps into her apron she gathered and held like a pouch.

The magical apron

She would always wear a full apron, putting it on from the time she came into the kitchen in the morning to the time she was ready to climb the stairs to go to bed. I can close my eyes and see her in it; the apron was cotton printed fabric in a tiny flower patters, rick-rack trimmed the edges. Her apron hung on a hook by the cellar door; many times without her knowledge, this young “coalcracker” would take that apron down, slip it over my head, and believe that there was something magical in that apron that allowed the weared to turn out the delicious meals my Nana made.

pennsylvania dutch hot bacon dressing recipe
Pennsylvanians have had the delight of savoring many Pennsylvania Dutch heritage recipes, of which this is one.  This recipe was given to me years ago by my friend Susie, it was her mother’s recipe and  I’ve made it many times.  There are several ways to use this dressing.  My personal favorite is pouring it over the firm ,crisp leaves of iceberg lettuce. It’s a texture thing for me. I like the crunch of the iceberg lettuce with the creamy dressing.

To start the recipe dice up five slices of bacon, pan fry until done.  Remove the diced bacon from the fry pan to a bowl, place the drippings in a small bowl and set aside to use in the recipe.

pennsylvania dutch egg dressing

Whisk the eggs, salt, pepper and sugar together in a medium bowl.

pa dutch bacon dressing

While you continue to whisk, add the vinegar and water to the egg mixture. Whisk until well incorporated.

hot bacon dressing recipe pa dutch

Place the mixture into a saucepan under medium heat.  Add the bacon and bacon drippings to the saucepan, whisk to combine. Cook over medium heat until the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat and let  it simmer to the thickness you desire. When it’s as thick as you want it,  remove the dressing from the pan to a bowl.

Pennsylvania Dutch Bacon Dressing can be served from a bowl on the table to allow your family to add the amount they desire themselves or served with the dressing already mixed into the  greens ahead of time.

pennsylvania dutch dressing

Iceberg lettuce is just one way to enjoy this dressing you can also make and use it on top of …
  • dandelion greens
  • fresh spinach
  • mixed greens
  • boiled potatoes

pa dutch hot bacon dressing recipe

I hope you enjoy this taste of Pennsylvania Dutch as much as we do!  Enjoy!


  • 5 slices bacon cut up and fried. Set aside to cool , save bacon drippings from pan.
  • 3 eggs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup water


  • Whisk eggs,salt, pepper and sugar together. Add vinegar and water and whisk till well combined. Put this mixture into a pan, add the bacon and bacon drippings. While whisking , heat over medium heat till the mixture comes to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the dressing is the thickness you desire. Serve over lettuce, dandelion greens, spinach, mixed greens or boiled potatoes.
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