Ranch Dressing Recipe

A Nebraska cowboy named Kenneth Henson is known as the creator of ranch dressing, which he invented while cooking for fellow workers while working as a plumbing contractor in Alaska in the late 1940s and early 1950s.  He went on to buy a California dude ranch and it became the house dressing.  The rest is, as they say, history.  Here’s a recipe for ranch dressing you can try next time you’re in the mood to experiment.

Ingredients

1 cup of mayo
1/2 cup of sour cream
1 tsp of Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp of white vinegar
1/4 cup of minced Italian parsley leaves
1 clove of garlic
1/4 tsp of salt
1/2 tsp of ground black pepper
1/4 tsp of paprika
1 tbsp of minced fresh chives
2 tbsp of minced fresh dill
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
Dash hot sauce
1/4 to 1/2 cup of buttermilk (to attain desired consistency)

Directions

Take a knife and mince the garlic. Now, sprinkle with the salt, mashing it into a paste with a fork.

Using a bowl, combine mayo, sour cream, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, parsley, the garlic paste, black pepper, paprika, chives, dill, cayenne and hot sauce. Mix in buttermilk until desired consistency is reached and stir to combine. Taste quite often so to adjust seasonings as needed. Chill in the refrigerator for approximately two hours. Thin with more buttermilk if necessary and serve.

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