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Homemade Ranch Seasoning

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Homemade Ranch Seasoning  is a versatile mix to have on hand when hungry guests show up. It can be flavored to suit the crowd’s tastes or to compliment the type of food it accompanies. Vegetables, salads, chicken wings, pretzels, french fries and more await to be plunged into like a dip in a cool pool on a hot summer’s day. This is so kid-friendly, they will be eating more vegetables! Better yet, have them help you make this and take pride in its creation and they will be a willing participant in its taste-testing.  I’m an avid supporter of getting kids involved in cooking for the family. Call them to the kitchen and let’s get started!

This is all you need to make the Homemade Ranch Seasoning .

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Here is a close up of the ingredients. Pour these into a food processor and blend until the texture of the mix suits you.

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If you use the NutriBullet, it may whip up more powdery.  The flavor will be the same, but the flecks of color would be would be a bit more subtle when mixed with the mayo and sour cream than what is shown here.

dscn9914It is easy to make this dip proportional to the amount of dip you need. I used 1/2 cup of each mayo and light sour cream with 1-1/2 teaspoons of the Homemade Ranch Seasoning . Create a couple different takes on ranch dip to impress your guests. If you want to add some kick, try adding some Sriracha or hot sauce for a dip for chicken wings or maybe some potato wedges. Another version would be to add some Old Bay Seasoning to the prepared dip for a summer version of this dip. Create your own spin to compliment the food it will accompany. Both versions mentioned above are shown here.

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Turn this into a salad dressing by adding some half and half or buttermilk to thin in out into a pourable state. A spicy ranch would be perfect on a rice bowl by adding some chopped cilantro and fresh lime juice. Oh my gosh, am I getting hungry with all of these ideas? Add some crushed red pepper flakes or……

Homemade Ranch Dip Mix

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Serves: ¾ cup

A versatile dip mix to have on hand when hungry guests show up. It can be flavored to suit the crowd's tastes or to compliment the type of food it accompanies.
Ingredients
  • ¼ c. dried parsley
  • 1½ t. dill
  • 2 T. garlic powder
  • 2 T. onion powder
  • 2 T. Kosher salt/sea salt
  • 2 T. minced onion
  • ½ t. cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or NutriBullet.
  2. Pulse until you reach your desired outcome to mix or blend until in a powdered form.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of mix to 1 cup of mayonnaise and 1 cup of light sour cream. This can be adjusted proportionally to your needs.
  4. Store dip in the refrigerator to chill and allow the flavors to absorb and blend into the mixture.
  5. If you need a quick ranch dressing, blend in buttermilk or half and half until you reach your desired consistency.
  6. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place.
Notes
Sriracha Ranch- add 2 t. or more
Old Bay Ranch- add 1 T Old Bay Seasoning

 


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