Monday, July 21, 2014

Homemade Ranch with Herbs and Yogurt

1 clove garlic
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup real mayonnaise
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
1/4 cup Italian flat-leaf parsley leaves, minced
2 tablespoons fresh dill, minced
1 tablespoon minced fresh chives
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Dash hot sauce
1/4 to 1/2 cup buttermilk (as needed for desired consistency)


Chop your fresh herbs. You can mince them really really small if you want a more "authentic" ranch texture. But I like to know mine is homemade, so I only chop them "regular small"

 In a bowl, combine the garlic paste, mayonnaise, greek yogurt, parsley, dill, chives,

Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, vinegar, paprika, cayenne and hot sauce. 

 Add the buttermilk to desired consistency and mix to combine, tasting frequently and adjusting seasonings as needed.

Chill for a couple of hours before serving, thinning with more buttermilk if needed. When I made this, I omitted the buttermilk entirely for the first use - which was as a dipping sauce for the Zucchini Fries.  Then I thinned it with buttermilk to use as salad dressing. This just gets better and better after letting the flavors meld and combine. You'll never go back to store bought - or packaged ranch again.