I doubled this recipe and when I first tasted it, right after making it, I thought too mayonnaisy, just blah. I put it in a quart jar and stuck it in the fridge and after a few hours - WOW! When my husband tasted it, he went truffling through my kitchen, looking for stuff to dip in it. He actually, no kidding, started dipping bread in the jar. He put it on his hotdogs that night. We love this!
LOVE this. DO NOT try it before you refrigerate it or it will taste like mayo. I like it spicy, so i doubled the cayenne and garlic. This is not the exact taste of Outback ranch BUT pretty darn close.
This recipe was created by Todd Wilbur for his book "Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2" (Penguin/Putnam)
This was very bland to me (and I refrigerated as stated). I didn't think that it tasted anything like the dressing at Outback.
This recipe is great!!!! A few adjustments I made--(1) I cut the mayo in half and substituted sour cream for the missing half (helped get rid of the mayonnaise-y flavor), (2) I added finely chopped fresh chives and parsley to it, (3) I used more of the ranch seasoning mix, and (4) I cut the mixture with additional buttermilk until I got the consistency I wanted. You have the let it sit OVERNIGHT in the frig to get the FULL EFFECT. Trust me--you can't go wrong if you do it this way. Sorry, I didn't include specific measurements of what I added--I'm one of those cooks that just adds and tastes, adds and tastes, and I eyeballed the chives and parsley until I got what I want. The seasonings really take effect overnight. I will NEVER buy bottled store-bought dressing again--unless of course it's for someone else, with their money paying for it :)
I have this same recipe, but instead of using paprika I use cayenne pepper, much better. My family loves it. I never buy any ranch dressing, I always make my own.
Thank God for this recipe!!! This recipe has become a staple in my house this is the only Ranch dressing that we will touch!!! I have emptied a large 40oz container or HV ranch and replaced it with this one and we keep it on "tap" all the time.....I have made some modulations to suite my taste by doubling (sometime tripling the spices) and leaving the mayo and milk the same...also teh "Brand" of mayo that you use makes a huge difference Helmans is too sweet generics are blah I use Kraft it has worked best for me......again this is an awesome recipe.......
Discuss the taste, how difficult it was to make, any adaptations you made or menu suggestions. If you did not like it, please explain why or provide constructive criticism. I posted an earlier review stating how great it is. This is the only dressing that my eldest Ds wants on his salad. I purchased a small container of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing to go with his salad, he didn't care for it., he wanted 'this' recipe. I love my DS so of course as a Mom, and to promote healthy eating...Unfortunately I couldn't figure out how to give my DS a salad with dressing, since it would be soggy. I place the croutons and cheese in seperate snack bags, salad is already assembled. The dressing is in a snack bag, and I send in a pair of 'child safety scissors for him to cut a corner so he can dress his salad himself. Of course, the scissors are washed prior and afterwards.
I thought this was ok. Outback ranch is my all time fave so I hoped to be able to make my own. Following the directions exactly, it tastes very mayonaise-heavy to me. Easily solved by adding a little extra milk but you may want to adjust your proportions before you start. Even when it tasted more balanced it still seemed like it was missing something. Not bad overall though.
We go to Outback all the time and we love the ranch with the fries. I made this recipe and both my 6 year old son and husband insisted on eating the ranch with something as soon as they tried it. Great recipe!