2 slices bacon, quartered
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup milk
1 egg yolk
1/4 cup cider vinegar
4 cups loosely packed leaf lettuce, rinsed and drained well


1. Fry bacon in a heavy medium saucepan over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon to paper towels to drain; reserve drippings in pan.
2. Meanwhile, combine flour, sugar, mustard and salt in a small bowl; gradually beat milk into mixture. Add milk mixture to drippings in saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
3. Beat yolk in bowl in which milk mixture was combined. Gradually beat about a quarter of the milk mixture into the egg, then return mixture to the saucepan and bring just to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in vinegar. Crumble bacon and fold into dressing.
4. Divide lettuce among 4 salad plates. Top with dressing and serve immediately.

This is especially delicious when made with freshly-picked, home-grown leaf lettuce, but commercial leaf lettuce is available everywhere these days and makes a good alternate choice.

Lettuce with Hot Bacon Dressing
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