Cycle 13 – Item 96
11 (Mon) April 2022
Ranch Dip with Fried Chicken
-Changgok, Sujeong, Seongnam, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea, Republic of Korea-
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“).
(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)