Thursday, July 19, 2007

Ranch Dressing Mix

Well, here is the first installment of my ideas for using spice mixes in little cloth bags -- packaged in ziplocks inside the cloth bags, along with instructions and a couple of recipes for using the mix -- for neat little gifts. Here's my Ranch Dressing Mix recipe, along with 2 recipes I use this blend in. I've also made a couple of little tags so far -- anyone may feel free to use these, or design your own. Enjoy!


2 Tblsp. plus 2 tsp. dried minced onion
1 Tblsp. dried parsley flakes
2 1/2 tsp. paprika
2 tsp. sugar
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. pepper
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Store in airtight container -- a jar, tin, or small plastic container would work well. For each packet of ranch dressing mix called for in a recipe, use 1 Tblsp. of this mix.


1 1/4 cups warm water
4 Tblsp. buttermilk powder
2 Tblsp. canola oil
1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 Tblsp. ranch dressing mix
1 tsp. salt
4 cups bread flour
2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast

Place all ingredients in bread machine. Choose the dough setting and press the start button.

When dough is finished, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and divide it in half. Roll each portion into a 14-inch by 12-inch rectangle. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal and tuck the ends under. Place seam side down on a parchment-lined (or greased) baking sheet. With a sharp knife, make 5 shallow slashes across the top of each loaf. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.

Bake in a preheated 350ยบ oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Brush lightly with butter. Remove to wire rack to cool.

Yield: 2 loaves


2 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 pkg. (.4 oz.) ranch dressing mix
1/2 cup minced sweet red pepper
1/2 cup minced celery
1/4 cup sliced green onion
1/4 cup sliced stuffed olives
Recipe says 4 10-inch flour tortillas -- I say more.

Beat cream cheese and dressing mix until smooth. Add red pepper, celery, onions and olives; mix well. Spread mixture evenly over tortillas; roll up tightly and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill at least 2 hours. Slice in 1/2-inch pieces.


  1. I guess that I shouldn't be reading recipes an hour before supper. My mouth is watering! I have got to try that Ranch Bread but not before I make the ranch mix. I'll definitely let you know how everything turns out.
    The tags that you have designed are so cute! It seems like you have such fun coming up with ideas and then sharing them with everyone. Both of your blogs are such blessings to me:).

  2. Hi Rachel,

    Thanks for your sweet comments.

    Yes, I do have a lot of fun coming up with ideas and I'm happy to share them. Why should I keep all the fun to myself? I have never understood people who refuse to share their recipes, for example. Creativity brings joy to life... it's a blessing to me to be able to share that with others!

    Hope the recipes turn out well for you.


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