"Butter lettuce is the easiest lettuce to grow," says Llewellyn. "The leaves are beautifully soft and tender, just begging to be coated with a slick of warm bacon fat." This recipe makes a lot of dressing. We suggest you quarter the ingredients.
Note You'll need to order dandelion greens from a greengrocer, or substitute chicory or another bitter leaf. For pork fat, preheat oven to 170C. Put the fat in a roasting pan and roast for about 1 hour. Transfer to a large stockpot and add 5 litres water. Bring to the boil, then cook, uncovered, over medium-high heat for about 30 minutes, until the water has evaporated. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Using a metal spatula, scrape the fat off the bottom of the pot; the fat will remain a liquid throughout the process. Turn off the heat and leave the fat to cool for about 15 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh strainer to remove any impurities. Makes about 250gm pork fat. This recipe is from Fried Chicken & Friends ($49.99, hbk) by Gregory Llewellyn and Naomi Hart, published by Murdoch Books and has been reproduced with minor GT style changes.