So, PW shared a recipe for Homemade Ranch Dressing once. I never printed it off or tried it because I thought “How in the world can you make delicious ranch dressing at home? It’s probably nowhere near the same taste as the bottled stuff.” Well, someone should slap me for that comment. Why on earth would I think that something in a bottle would taste better than homemade? I must’ve had a brain fart.
Fastforward to a few weeks ago. I wanted salad and was out of the bottled stuff I wanted to redeem myself, so I went back to PW’s Blog, printed the recipe and tried it myself. Come along as I try my hand at this homemade Ranch Dressing. We’ll just see if it really is as good (or better??) than the bottled stuff. We’ll just see.
Let’s do this thing.
Grab a bowl and dump in a cup of mayo. Use the REAL stuff people, not the fake junk. Sacrifice something else in your diet this week if you need to, but we need the real stuff here.
Grab some sour cream and add 1/2 cup to the bowl.
Stir that together real good. Now, let’s go over to the cutting board.
Grab a clove of garlic. Chop it up pretty good.
Sprinkle the garlic with some salt, oh, just shy of 1/4 tsp. Then, mash it all up with a fork until it becomes like a paste.
Now you need to chop up about a 1/4 cup of fresh parsley and a couple tbsp of fresh chives. I was amazed that I still had some growing in my herb pots this time of year, but if you don’t have any growing in your garden, you can almost always find these in the grocery store produce isle.
Toss the chopped herbs into the bowl with the mayo/sour cream.
Now, you need to add some milk/buttermilk to get it to the right consistency. Buttermilk will give it a nice tangy taste, but if you’re like me, you never have buttermilk on hand. So, I fake it. I take a little regular milk, add a splash of lemon juice to it, and let it sit on the counter for a minute or so. The lemon juice will thicken the milk a bit and give it a nice tangy flavor. You can use this trick for pretty much any recipe that calls for buttermilk. But I probably wouldn’t try drinkin’ it. That’d just be gross I think. Anyway, back to the dressing. Pour your buttermilk, or fake buttermilk…maybe we’ll call it futtermilk…into the mayo mixture a little at a time.
Add just enough futtermilk to get it to the consistency you like. Stir it all together and give it a taste. I would suggest actually tasting it on a piece of lettuce and not just using a spoon or your finger.
I know what you’re thinking. That was too simple, right? Mayo, sour cream, buttermilk, garlic and herbs. That’s IT? Yup. That’s it. Of course, you can add other stuff if you want, like vinegar, dill, worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper, paprika, tobasco, other fresh herbs or anything else that tickles your fancy. But me? I like it plain and simple.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge. It will thicken some as it chills, so you might need to add a little more futtermilk to thin it down later. It’s all good.
This stuff is awesome people. I think the heavens opened up and I heard the angels sing when I tasted this stuff. I’ll never buy that bottled stuff again. Never in a million years. This stuff is That. Good.