I just in the last few moments , stumbled on this thread. Now , I'm having trouble seeing, because of tears of laughter. Dayumm.........I think we need to create a whole new website forum........"Have you been....RANCHIFIED!"
My take on Ranch.........hmmmmm....I don't eat it on salads, nor do I dip strawberries in it or slather it on a filet mignon. The prefab bottled varieties hold no interest for me at all, BUT..........I do like the home versions as well as the powdered mix from Hidden Valley(Kroger's makes a decent powdered also.) In my using the powdered it's to provide a bit of a kick to overly sweetened blue cheese dressings, or to use as an addendum to some preparations. Wing purists will beat their chests and pray for my eternally damned soul at my next statement: I use the powder in Hot wing sauce. My recipe for 6 lbs of the most awesome of chicken wings
6 lbs chicken wings, separated at joint(natch)
Pour oil into frying edifice, heat until a chicken wing section tossed into it causes you to get third degree burns on your face , neck and upper chest from the spatters
Whilst those tidbits are bubbling away, mix up some sauce the Red way:
1 cup Frank's Louisiana Hot Sauce
1 stick butter or margarine
1/2 cup of either apple cider or red wine vinegar
2 TBLSP Lea and Perrins Worcestershire Sauce(And I MEAN LEa and Perrins)
Put all the ingredients into a microwaveable bowl and microwave for about 4-5 minutes.
Remove from microwave and whisk into the mixture:
1 envelope Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing
put aside.......but go ahead and stick your finger in and taste the goodness
Drink libation of choice
After the wings are fried to crisp and golden, remove from oil and drain on paper towels. Place wings in a BIG bowl and then pour the sauce over them. The beauty of this sauce is, that because of the powdered Ranch dressing, the sauce clings well to the chicken, negating the need to bake the sauce on, and getting the wings all mooshy again. I've had people ask for the sauce in addition on the side so they can drink the stuff! Even members of "RDIADS" (ranch dressing is a deadly sin love this preparation