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Meanwhile Back At The Ranch Seasoning

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March 27, 2016 0 Comments

Family Traditions Continue If Your Kids Cooperate!

I’m just going to say it… I was born into a normal Southern Family.  And while we might have our food quirks that the rest of the country doesn’t understand, WE know that slapping either BBQ, hot sauce or gravy on anything that doesn’t move is comforting and tasty!  And then one day I gave birth to a son who has an obsession with Ranch Dressing.  What could I do?  I was beaten before I was ever able to discuss the awesome traits of ketchup.

Since I grow a lot of my own herbs and I love playing around with herbs and spices I keep a lot of them around, so mixing up seasoning recipes is never hard for me.  I usually have everything I need and I prefer the taste of my own without all those extra unpronounceable ingredients and tons of salt And honestly, I believe it’s a bigger burst of flavor.  So without much ado…….ok, there was some ado, but here’s my recipe! I encourage you to play around with it until you get the taste that suits your family.

Dry Ranch Seasoning Mix

1 c. dry Buttermilk

2 T. Parsley

2 t. Dill

2 t. Onion powder

1 T. Minced Onion

1/2 t. paprika

2 t. minced garlic

Add a pinch of each of the following; white pepper, sea salt, chipolte pepper

I throw it all in a Ninja chopper and zap it a couple of times.  Store it in the fridge for weeks or in the freezer for a couple of months.

ranch and bbq

Now What?

Flash forward to having a jar of this tasty seasoning mix……..now what? Well you could add 2 T. of the mix to some sour cream or yogurt or cream cheese and have yourself a tasty dip, or you could add 3 T. of the mix to 1/2 c. Mayo, 1/2 c. sour cream and enough Buttermilk to your taste satisfaction to make a salad dressing OR……

Try using it on these:

  • Popcorn Topping
  • Make Seasoned Fries
  • Hamburgers
  • Batter in Chicken Strips
  • Pasta Dishes
  • Baked Potatoes
  • Chex Mix
  • Roast
  • Cole Slaw
  • Pizza Crust
  • Pull Apart Bread
  • Pigs in a Blanket (I make mine with croissants, press the mix into the the dough triangles)
  • Chicken/Bacon/Avocado ANYTHING!

I still don’t understand my son’s attempt to cover the entire menu with Ranch Dressing, but in order to get him to try a new dish, I make sure that we have a fresh batch of Ranch waiting on the table for him….yes, I’ve become both his dealer and his enabler.  I finally gave up my dreams of his becoming a normal Southern Gentleman when he mixed BBQ & Ranch. Some day when he marries, I dread having to apologize to his future wife for all the beautiful meals she will make, then have to watch in horror as he covers it with this new Southern white sauce. Mea Culpa, mea culpa!

Happy Mixing & Cooking!

-Chris

 

 

 

March 27, 2016

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