Dutch Mess

Dutch Mess at my sister’s house. She has even got special dishes she uses.

If you want to try something really different, then give this a try. The story behind this recipe goes that Grandpa had to do the cooking one fine Spring day, and this is what he came up with. I’m sure they’re all his favorite things. This used to be a very seasonal meal in our family because we only had leaf lettuce in the Spring. But these days, it’s available year round. In the photo, we used Romaine lettuce.

It’s sort of a wilted lettuce/Caesar salad type thing topped with mashed potatoes and bacon and eggs. It’s garnished with green onions and radishes. Most people in our family prefer the eggs fried, over easy because the yolk mixes with the dressing (like a Caesar salad), but I’ve seen people who use scrambled eggs, so it’s a kind of “do your own thing” dish.


Leaf lettuce or Romaine

Mashed potatoes

2 eggs per person

3 slices bacon per person

green onions

red radishes


salt and pepper

Layer the ingredients on a large plate in the order given.

Using hot bacon grease, pour over the salad to “wilt” the lettuce.

Sprinkle with desired amount of vinegar. Salt and pepper to taste.

Cut it up with your knife and fork and give it all a bit of a toss and. . .

VOILA! It’s time to eat.

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