Man, I just finished the best dinner ever. What was it? Spinach Salad (that I grew up with but have never seen anywhere and no one I know had heard of it until I saw Allie on Everyday Food make it – I honestly thought it was some weird G**** family secret recipe – it’s not) and mashed potatoes. Such a weird combo but oh, so delicious.
This magical Spinach Salad (that must be capitalized) is something that both my parents and grandparents made. I have to confess I hated it when I was a child; mostly because of the hard boiled eggs which I used to think were gross (until I was 18 I wouldn’t eat egg yolks) but now I love, anyway… It contains: spinach, bacon, hard boiled eggs, and a hot bacon-fat vinaigrette. Yum!
Here’s what I did: hard boil some eggs; spin some baby spinach; cook, in a saucepan, some cut-up bacon until it was crispy; mince a shallot, take the bacon out of the pan; soften the shallot in the bacon fat; add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the hot pan (I used half red wine vinegar and half balsamic); boil the dressing and reduce it to half of my original amount; toss the spinach, sliced eggs and bacon bacon with the hot dressing; watch the spinach wilt; serve on a plate with some home made mashed potatoes. I must confess, it was good. I must also confess, the entire point of this post is so that I will remember how good it was.