The Pooh Cook Book, a charming cookbook from 1973 that has recipes inspired by the Winnie-the-Pooh stories.
In among the recipes is one for a spinach and bacon salad that I thought worth revisiting and jazzing up a bit!
Spinach and bacon work really well together both in terms of flavour and texture. There are two versions in the book -- one hot and one cold. We are going to do a take on the cold one as I prefer cold spinach to hot.
But either way the dressing would be the same.
First you want to take your spinach leaves and wash, drain and dry them.
Then cook at minimum the 4 strips of bacon that the original calls for. I prefer more like 5 or 6...though of course it depends on how much spinach you are making as well.
Cook the bacon until very well done. You want it to be very crispy and to crumble easily. Do NOT give into "convenience" and use bacon bits...they are not at all the same as the real thing! Let the bacon cool to room temperature.
Meanwhile whisk together a dressing with the following ingredients using more-or-less depending on how much spinach you made and how dressed you want it.:
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
The juice of one half lemon
Fresh black pepper to taste
1 finely minced clove of garlic or garlic powder to taste
A few dashes of Tabasco sauce (2-4 generally)
Toss the spinach with the dressing until coated evenly and then add the bacon, crumbled into whatever sizes you like, and toss again. I like the bacon in slightly bigger half slice pieces.
Given bacon's inherent saltiness, be sure to taste your salad before adding any more salt if needed.
This refreshing salad is terrific as a side or as a lunch.
Here it is pictured served with a Boneless Slow Roasted Pork Loin Roast with which it went well.
See also: Sardine Sandwich with Sauteed Spinach, Garlic & Jalapeno
See also: Spinach, Mushroom and Walnut Pie