Here’s the ingredients I use(d) ... and yes, the spices and herbs can all be found at www.penzeys.com (my favorite source for all this stuff).  Here’s the original recipe I started working with (here).


Ranch Dressing & Dip:


  1. - 1 cup mayonnaise

  2. - 1/2 cup sour cream

  3. - Milk - to desired thickness (1/4 cup - 1/2 cup *** See notes above & below)

  4. - 1 teaspoon dried chives

  5. - 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder

  6. - 3/4 teaspoon onion powder

  7. - 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed

  8. - 1/2 teaspoon shallot salt

  9. - 1/4 teaspoon Florida seasoned pepper

  10. - 1/4 teaspoon white pepper

  11. - 1/4 teaspoon dried chervil

  12. - pinch cayenne pepper


Directions:


In a large shaker jar or mixing bowl - combine mayonnaise and sour cream.  Check consistency.  If you want to thin it out for a pourable consistency - begin adding milk, starting with 2 tablespoons at at a time and shaking as you go to check.  It is easier to thin the mixture out than to thicken it back up.


Then add the remaining ingredients.  Combine thoroughly - do a quick taste, but reserve the adjusting for later - and refrigerate at least 30 minutes before tasting to adjust seasonings.  The flavor will change over those 30 minutes - it will intensify and taste like Ranch Dressing!  The dried herbs will soften and meld together! 


As mentioned above - if you thin this out a lot with milk - I like to bump up all the dried herbs and spices on the ingredient list by 1/8 to 1/4 of a teaspoon.


As far as this keeping in the refrigerator - it will pretty much keep until the expiration date on your milk, mayonnaise and sour cream.  The herbs and spices won’t spoil or expire.  The longer it sits, the more bold the flavors will become.  If it sits a day or two, it will need a good shake before serving.


And don’t be shy to play with this - if on serving day you want to purpose this as a salad dressing, but say the next night you have some left and want to use it in a dip recipe - go ahead and use the remaining dressing that is left and add to it ... once you get the hang of the taste and texture you love - it’s all downhill from there - and finally, you can scratch Ranch Dressing & Dip off the grocery list!  Plus - you’ll find you have a little more room in your refrigerator!!