13.096 Ranch Dip with Fried Chicken

Cycle 13 – Item 96

11 (Mon) April 2022

Ranch Dip with Fried Chicken

3.0

by me

at home

-Changgok, Sujeong, Seongnam, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea, Republic of Korea-

solo

On an episode of Kenji’s Cooking Show, he makes “oven-fried” wings along with a quick-fix “ranch” dip (see “Extra Crispy Baked Wings“).   I was intrigued by the dip.

Ranch Dressing is an American condiment.  Base of mayonnaise and/or sour cream and/or yogurt and/or buttermilk, plus salt + pepper + garlic + onion + herbs (e.g., dill, parsley), sometimes lemon juice.  Invented by plumbing contractor Steve Henson in the 1950s for his crew, later sold under the brand Hidden Valley Ranch.  In addition to salads, the condiment is used for a wide range of applications, including as a dip for chicken wings, pizza, etc, as well as a flavoring for chips and other snacks.  Ranch, including “ranch-style” dressing by competitors, is America’s favorite dressing, according to sources quoted in The New York Times (see “Ranch Nation: How one creamy, peppery salad dressing became America’s favorite flavor“).

 

Following Kenji’s lead, I improvised a ranch dip with mayo + sour cream + lemon juice + garlic power + onion powder (this is the key) + shallot + parsley + salt + pepper, eyeballing amounts.  So easy.  Turned out awesome, just like the bottled stuff.

I fried a chicken just to have something to dip.

 

(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)

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