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.
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.
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
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