Friday, September 7, 2012

Crazy Cooking Challenge-Dilled Ranch Dressing/Dip Mix

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I am so glad that Tina over at Mom’s Crazy Cooking is continuing to host Crazy Cooking Challenge.  I have so much fun with this every month.  If you would like to join in the fun, just click on over to get the details and to see what the challenges are for the next several months.

This month’s challenge is Ranch Dressing /Dip.  I suspect that most cooks have their own special recipe for this, and I am sharing a variation that is one of my favorites.  I wanted to change my basic Ranch Dressing Mix recipe up a bit; so, since I really like dill, I decided to add dried dill to the rest of the ingredients.  I guess I could say it turned out well, I am tempted to eat it by the spoonful.

To vary this when using it as a dip, I sometime add some finely chopped dill pickle, some finely chopped black olives and some finely chopped red pepper just because I like them.

The dry mix ingredients can be kept tightly sealed for a long time if stored in a cool, dry place. Because of the paprika, the dressing/dip is a light pink color and not white like most ranch dressings.

 
Dilled Ranch Dressing/Dip Mix
3 T. dried minced onion
1 T. dried parsley
1 T. dried minced garlic
2 t. paprika
2 t. sugar
1 t. coarsely ground pepper
1 t. tarragon
1 T. dried dill
1 t. salt

Combine all ingredients and mix well.  Store in a tightly covered container in a cool, dry place.  Makes about 7 to 8 tablespoons of mix, enough for 7 to 8 batches of dressing/dip.

To Make Dressing/Dip
1 c. mayonnaise
1/2 c. sour cream
1/4 to 1/2 c. buttermilk or regular milk (add more for dressing, less for dip)
2 T. dill pickle juice
1 T. Dilled Ranch Dressing/Dip Mix

In a small bowl combine mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk or milk and the dill pickle juice.  Mix well.  Add dip mix and mix until well combined.  Place in a covered container and chill at least a few hours before serving to allow the flavors to blend.  Makes 1 3/4 to 2 c. dressing or dip.  Serve as a salad dressing or as a dip with crackers, pita chips, or veggies for dippers.  I like to put this on baked potatoes, too.

11 comments:

  1. Dill pickle juice? I've found so many recipes today that I'm going to try & I'm adding yours to the list!

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    1. Yep,that is right, and if you want even more dill flavor reduce the buttermilk/milk and add more dill pickle juice. Thanks for the comment.

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  2. Your dressing looks marvelous! I love the idea of serving it over baked potatoes :)

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    1. One of my favorite uses for ranch dip. It adds so much flavor to the potato and takes the place of both butter and sour cream. Give it a try. Thanks for the comment.

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  3. Love the idea of making up the dry ingredients and storing that. I am going to have to try that. Thanks!

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  4. Dill is one of my favorite herbs so I know I'd just love this!

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  5. Sounds like a great dressing, I love dill!:@)

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  6. Pickle juice! Love it!!! Great idea! Jen

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  7. I love the idea of having the dry mix ready to go when you need it! p.s. your glass bowl is very pretty! :)

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  8. Yum, yum! Horseradish is one of my favorite dips, coming in only next to ranch, but I have to say, your recipe looks like a very mouthwatering combination. It’s video game night for me and my friends this coming weekend, and contrary to popular belief, we won’t be stuffing ourselves with junk food and energy drinks. D’you think this could go well with roast chicken?

    Alex Staff

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    1. I don't know why it wouldn't. I dip chicken in ranch dressing all the time and love it myself. I always say, "Give it a try."

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