I love my slow cooker. I threw a roast into it one afternoon with some seasoning packet I found in the cupboard, set it on high, and ignored it. In the meantime, I knit, I baked cookies (more on those later), and watched Futurama. I also let the dog in and out about 3 dozen times. (Have you noticed how dogs can hold it all day during the week, but on the weekend they have 5 minute bladders?) About an hour before dinner was done, I chopped an onion and added that along with some dried mushrooms to the crockpot.
I was originally going to serve broiled asparagus with it, but hubby requested fresh green salad instead. Only problem… We had no dressing. (Well, I guess that’s not really a problem because I haven’t bought dressing in a very long time.) Lately, I’ve been experimenting with different recipes online instead of using pre-prepped salad topping. This was no exception. Thanks to the Pioneer Woman, I found an easy-ish recipe for ranch dressing. My heavily modified version is below. I only had a few ingredients she called for on hand and had to improvise. The result? Amazingly delicious. Give it a try and figure out why you’ll never go back to store bought dressing…
Homemade Ranch-Ish Dressing
- 2 Cloves Garlic (or less if you’re sensitive)
- Pinch of kosher salt (to taste)
- 2 Tablespoons dried Parsley
- 2 Tablespoons chopped green onions
- 1 cup (Real) Mayonnaise
- 1 cup Sour Cream
- 2% Milk (as needed for desired consistency)
- 1 Tablespoon Pampered Chef All Purpose Dill Mix
- 2 Teaspoons smoked Paprika
- 1 Tablespoon dried Oregano
Mince the garlic with a knife and then sprinkle about an 1/8 to ¼ teaspoons of salt on it and mash it into a paste with a fork. Dice the green onions
In a bowl combine all ingredients, tasting frequently and adjusting seasonings as needed. Chill for at least 30 minutes before serving (more is better).