Mashed potatoes are a favorite side dish served at so many meal times. A simple preparation to that root vegetable the entire family enjoys. There are so many ways to put up this dish changing the herbs and spices that get mixed into the bowl. Ranch dressing has also become a favorite flavoring in many households too. Mixing the ranch flavoring into the mashed potatoes gives this side dish consisting of healthy carbohydrates a new taste that is sure to be a pleaser at the dinner table.
- 2 pounds of Yukon gold potatoes (7-9)
- 3 tablespoons of butter
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- ¼ teaspoon of pepper
- ½ cup of ranch dressing
- 6 slices of cooked and crumpled bacon
- Cook bacon strips until crisp and set on paper towels to drain excess fat and set aside.
- Add potatoes and enough water to cover into a large pot and cover.
- Set on stove under a medium high heat and bring to a boil
- The potatoes should be tender in approximately 15-20 minutes.
- Check for doneness; allow more time if centers are not tender enough.
- Then drain the potatoes and peel the skins off.
- Place the peeled potatoes into a large mixing bowl and beat until smooth at a medium low setting.
- Add the salt and pepper followed by the butter and beat until the butter is completely melted and blended into the mashed potatoes.
- Slowly add the ranch dressing to the mashed potatoes and blend with the mixer until the desired consistency is achieved. (Different amounts of dressing can be used depending upon the size of the potatoes – a little less or a little more…just adding a little at a time till they feel just right.)
- Transfer the ranch flavored mashed potatoes into a serving bowl; then crumple up the bacon on top to garnish.
- Serve warm or hot.
- A wonderful side dish with beef, veal, chicken, pork and kielbasa.
- Use these potatoes in the next Sheppard’s pie and invite new flavors to this left over creation.
A great place for grocery shopping in Winona, MS is at the SuperValu.
The Leflore Farmers Market has a great selection and good prices on their locally grown and farm fresh produce.
Copyright 2011 Beverly Mucha / All Rights Reserved
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