Monday, May 9, 2011
The Monday Recipe Blog
This blog features Lois Elaine Mueller's recipes every Monday. Lois' heyday was in the 1950's and 1960's, and her children swear she was the best cook that ever lived. Many baby boomers will remember these mouth-watering recipes, and these dishes are just as tasty today as they were in the sixties.
Today we feature Lois Elaine's recipe for Bacon Wilted Lettuce. This is a dish that I grew up with, and I'm sure a lot of you did as well. My mother always had a big garden, and May was the month that produced a lot of lettuce, straight from her garden. One of her favorite dishes was wilted lettuce. She always had a metal container on the stove that held bacon drippings, and it was always used for this recipe or that. Before it's pointed out that bacon grease is unhealthy, I have to say that my mother is 84 years old, my grandmother died at 92 and my grandfather lived to be 91.
Some of Lois Elaine's recipes also featured bacon drippings, so I have to believe that the use of this tasty oil was not limited to farm families. Anyway, here is Lois Elaine's recipe for Bacon Wilted Lettuce....
Lois Elaine's Bacon Wilted Lettuce:
1 bunch of leaf lettuce
1/4 c. sliced green onions
6 slices bacon
2 T. bacon drippings
1/4 c. vinegar
1/2 t. salt
1/8 t. pepper
1 t. dill weed
Tear lettuce into sald bowl. Add onions. Cook bacon until crisp, drain and crumble. Add vinegar, salt and pepper to bacon drippings and bring to boil. Pour over lettuce and onion. Toss lightly with bacon and dill weed. Serve immediately.