Wilted Lettuce

Wilted lettuce Hildeg


When I asked my mom about the recipe I found for Wilted Lettuce, she didn’t have any particular memories concerning it, but my Aunt Susie did.

I imagine the thrill of getting to run over to a neighbor’s garden–Mrs. Spillman was her name–and pick a head of iceberg lettuce from the earth. The lettuce, once washed and chopped, wilts in a hot pan filled with bacon, bacon drippings, cayenne pepper, vinegar and sugar. My aunt still remembers the taste of hot bacon grease all these years later.

Wilted Lettuce

Recipe by Grandmother Marcia


  • 1 head lettuce
  • 4 slices bacon, fried crisp
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tbs. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar


Fry bacon in pan over medium high heat. Chop one onion and with the bacon scatter through the lettuce. Add to bacon drippings 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, a dash of cayenne pepper and 1/4 cup vinegar. Let come to a boil and pour over lettuce.

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