I’ve posted a very good, from scratch, Ranch Dressing recipe – with just the right amount of dill added – in my mebbe not so humble opinion; but sometimes, you are stuck with just a packet of salad dressing mix.
What to do? Why, play with it, of course!
This recipe, found on the interwebs somewhere, started out with a bit of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix, but, if you look around at your local market, you might just find something like this…
A very nice dip and dressing mix with only the good stuff and no additives, fillers, extra crap added to many packaged mixes. This mix is from a small local company and is sold at our local Woodman’s supermarket; but if you have a decent spice merchant nearby (The Spice House, Penzey’s), they can probably hook you up with an all natural ingredient dressing mix as well.
*As always, no buttermilk? No problem! Place 1-1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice or white vinegar in a measuring cup, then ad milk to make 1/2 cup. Stir to blend, then let rest for ten minutes. You now have buttermilk.
To make the dressing, combine all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl or beaker and blend until nicely combined.
Stash in a covered container in the fridge for a couple of hours to let the flavors blend before using.
I made this particular batch of better ranch dressing to add to some mashed potatoes which were meant to support a batch of hamburger gravy – an old favorite dinner of my dad’s which I have now managed to totally transform: no potato flakes for the potatoes, no powdered gravy mix for the gravy.
My dad would be horrified, but I was pretty well pleased with myself.
Full details to come, tomorrow and Wednesday, I think…, so, gather your Ranch dressing mix and improvements today.