A container of Ranch Salad Dressing and Seasoning Mix in your cupboard can make savory dishes oh so much easier! It has the classic "ranch" flavor, with a little bit of Ultra Gel® that will help it stick to raw meats or vegetables or give a little body to soups and sauces. It uses easily accessible ingredients and is a snap to put together.
- 8 T. dry parsley
- 4 t. onion powder (not onion salt)
- 4 t. garlic powder (not garlic salt)
- 2 t. black pepper
- 8 t. salt
- 8 T. Ultra Gel®
- 2 t. monosodium glutamate (opt)**
- Measure the dry parsley into a container with a capacity of at least one cup. Crush it gently with the back of a spoon. This will help the ingredients to mix evenly without "stratifying" (where the heaviest go to the bottom).
- Add all the other ingredients and stir, or cover the container tightly with a lid and shake until all ingredients are evenly distributed.
- Store tightly covered.
- **Monosodium glutamate as a food additive has fallen into disfavor, mostly as a result of anecdotal reports of unfavorable reactions. According to the FDA, monosodium glutamate is "generally accepted as safe" and extensive testing has failed to establish a link between monosodium glutamate and adverse reactions except in very high doses to sensitive individuals (https://www.fda.gov/Food/IngredientsPackagingLabeling/FoodAdditivesIngredients/ucm328728.htm). However, if you know of a sensitivity, or if the whole idea just gives you the heebie-jeebies, it can easily be ommitted.
This is really easy--the only trick is to measure the parsley flakes, then crush them somewhat so the ingredients will stay evenly distributed. Then measure in the remaining ingredients and stir or shake.
Use on meats or vegetables before roasting or grilling, as a seasoning for meatloaf or ground meat patties, etc.
To make Lowfat Ranch Salad Dressing, use 1/2 c. low fat mayonnaise, 1 1/2 c. low fat buttermilk, and 2 T Ranch Salad Dressing and Seasoning Mix. (If you've looked at the recipe for Low Fat Ranch Salad Dressing, you'll see that the ingredients amounts aren't exactly the same. That's because the parsley has already been crushed in the recipe made from the mix, so it measured differently.)