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ranch dressing like Denny's

Any one have a ranch dressing that comes really close to the one served at Denny's? I have read elsewhere (from google results) that its a combo of the Hidden Valley powder and mayo and milk or buttermilk. No ratios were given. I tried the recipe on the packet but it did not come close. I did search this site and found nothing workable. I have tried a number of recipes, including some of my own alchemy but nothing has been a hit. I am doing this for my 8 year old... long story, involves getting hiim to eat his veggies. thanks in advance.

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  1. Google Denny's ranch dressing. There are recipes, comments on Hidden Valley ranch as the source, and that Denny's makes their own packet for ranch dressing.

    Hope that will help.

    1. Here is a Hidden Valley Ranch clone recipe from this board:'

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/361230

      1. I know this is 3 years old, but for anyone else looking:

        The better secret is sour cream...

        1 Hidden Valley Ranch DIPS packet
        1 16oz container of sour cream

        Mix packet in to sour cream, let sit for at least 24 hours before serving.

        It's not EXACTLY the same, but such a close 2nd that it's not bad

        1. USDA School Lunch Ranch Dressing

          Makes about 3 cups

          1 1/2 cups + 2 Tbsp Buttermilk
          2 tsp Lemon juice
          1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp (5 oz ) Plain lowfat yogurt
          1/4 cup Sour cream
          3/4 cup + 1 Tbsp (6 1/2 oz ) Lowfat mayonnaise
          1 Tbsp Onion powder
          1 Tbsp Garlic powder
          1/4 tsp White pepper
          1/2 tsp Dried chives
          1 1/2 tsp Dried parsley
          1 tsp Salt

          1. Combine buttermilk and lemon juice in a mixing bowl.
          Allow mixture to rest for 10 minutes.

          2. Using a paddle attachment, blend in the yogurt and
          sour cream. Let mixture rest for 5 more minutes.

          3. Add rest of ingredients to mixture in mixing bowl.
          Mix on low speed for 2 to 3 minutes until blended.

          4. Chill at least 12 hours before serving to allow to thicken.

          SERVING: 2 tablespoons (1-oz ladle)

          YIELD: 25 Servings: 1 lb 10 oz

          VOLUME: 25 Servings: 3 cups

          Source: USDA 1999 Child Care Recipes

          1. I must admit that I do not eat at Denny's, but when I make Ranch dressing, for Grumpy's hot wings, or something else, I mix mayo and sour cream and white vinegar---not buttermilk, but then again, sour milk is just dairy with vinegar or lemon juice and there you have it... I add some grated white onion or sliced green onion or even, in desperation, onion powder. Same for the bit of garlic. Black pepper. Yeah black. I find white pepper musty, perhaps because it tends to sit on the shelf forever, and I don't live in the kind of metropolis that sells it in whole peppercorns. Perhaps a smidgeon of salt. Parsley, if I have it. Come to think of it, celery leaves or watercress would be equally as yummy, I think, and I'm going to have to try them.

            1. Denny's makes a big batch using wholesale ranch packets (I'm sure hidden valley is fine). It requires 1 packet of ranch, 3 quarts of water, & a gal and 1/4 cup of mayo. That's all.

              1. I worked at Denny's for 5 years, & everyone was obsessed with our ranch. Denny's uses their own ranch packets (comes delivered in a cardboard box/plain white packets). We made a big tub of it which would call for 2 packets of ranch, 3 quarts of water and (are you ready......the reason it's so thick) 1 gal of mayo plus an extra 1/4 cup.

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                1. re: leesa88

                  What size...ounces were the packets??

                  1. re: Uncle Bob

                    Honestly I'm not sure!! I no longer work there so I couldn't check for you but I can find out from ones I know that still work there.

                  2. I worked at Denny's for 5 years, & everyone was obsessed with our ranch. Denny's uses their own ranch packets (comes delivered in a cardboard box/plain white packets). We made a big tub of it which would call for 2 packets of ranch, 3 quarts of water and (are you ready......the reason it's so thick) 1 gal of mayo plus an extra 1/4 cup.

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                    1. re: leesa88

                      So, note that this in fact *won't* work with the Hidden Valley packs, as they call for 2 qts each of milk and mayo for one Foodservice Pack to yield one gallon. For their Buttermilk recipe mix you would obviously use Buttermilk instead of regular milk.

                      But also note that their Restaurant pack isn't the same as the powdered mix available in markets.

                      We have cases of these in our restaurant and the color and flavor are quite different from the "civilian" pack mix... which in turn is also different from the restaurant pack bottled pre-mixed stuff.

                    2. No it won't work, it's completely different from restaurants. I was just trying to state that Denny's ranch only tastes so great because it's made differently & with a different ranch mixture than what you are used to buying in stores.