Thursday, November 10, 2011

What is America without ranch dressing?

Midwesterners put ranch dressing on...everything. This ranch is so good you'll want to put it on your salad, cheese sticks, crackers, cereal. Well, you might want to rethink the last suggestion. It is tasty nonetheless.

A couple weeks ago, we made P-Dub's Homemade Ranch with Iceberg Wedge (p. 168).

We started by smashing minced garlic in a bowl.

Next we added mayonnaise and sour cream.

We added buttermilk. In true Lou-and-Jo fashion we didn't have buttermilk on hand, but we did mix whole milk with white vinegar to create a buttermilk substitute.

We chopped parsley and chives.

Then came chopped dill, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper, paprika, black pepper and salt. And a little more cayenne. Spicy ranch.

We gave this a good stir, and decided to leave the ranch on the thicker-consistency side. If you prefer a thinner dressing, simply add more buttermilk. We chilled the dressing in the fridge. Oh, wait. Before the fridge came sneaks of crackers dipped in ranch. Heaven on a cracker.

Meanwhile, Momma Vickie quartered a head of iceberg lettuce for us. Well, really it was more than quartered. She eighthed it. Got it? We don't either.

This was served with some T-bone steaks that our fellas, including Jo's father-in-law, grilled up. A delightful meal was had by all.

Happily full,

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