When people think of pantry staples, they usually think of bread, pasta, ketchup, flour, sugar, coffee, spices, peanut butter, mayo. Here's one more item your pantry should never be without: Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing. I always have a bottle on hand! Everyone in our family loves it, and not just as a salad dressing. We dip everything into it: french fries, veggies, breadsticks, chicken nuggets, fish sticks, even pizza crusts! We top chili with it, we spread it on sandwiches instead of mayo, we pour it on baked potatoes. There's just something about that tangy creaminess that's irresistible! Why, just this morning I used Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing to add some zing to my kids' lunch wraps:
Roast Beef Ranch Wrap
1 large spinach tortilla
1/4 cup American salad mix (iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, carrots)
2 Tablespoons Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Dressing
3 Tablespoons grated sharp cheddar cheese
3 deli-thin slices roast beef
1 Tablespoon whipped cream cheese
Lay the salad mix in the center of the tortilla. Spread the dressing on top of the salad, then sprinkle the cheese over the dressing. Lay the roast beef slices on top of the cheese.
Spread cream cheese around the edges of the tortilla. Roll up the filling inside the tortilla, burrito-style. The cream cheese will help seal the edges. Cut in half and serve.
Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing also makes a great flavor base for sauces and other recipes. You can use it in gourmet recipes like Chef Russell Jackson whipped up for an amazing blogger lunch I attended last year, or you can use it recipes so simple that even my husband can tackle. Here's a recipe that we tried recently (from the Hidden Valley Ranch website)
Original Ranch Ravioli
Makes: 4 servings
½ cup roasted red and yellow peppers, rinsed and drained and cut into thin strips
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Dressing
1 package (9 ounces) fresh meat or cheese ravioli
Cook the pasta according to the package instructions and drain.
In a large skillet, over a medium heat, combine the pasta, peppers, and dressing and stir until well blended and heated through. Serve garnished with the cheese.
We used mushroom ravioli, with a fresh porcini mushroom filling, and the dish was amazing. You wouldn't believe how much difference that dressing makes! It combines with the tangy sweetness of the peppers, and it really works. I never would have thought of using Hidden Valley Ranch as a pasta sauce -- it's just one more reason why I never like to run out of it!
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