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Ranch Roasted Potatoes

Our family has a potluck dinner almost every Sunday.  I’m always looking for recipes that will feed a crowd, as we have a large family.

I had several Russet potatoes but didn’t want to make just regular creamed potatoes and I needed something that would stay warm in my crockpot, so I came up with this easy roasted potato recipe.

(I’m sure this has been done before, but I didn’t really follow a recipe, so I guess I can call this mine.  :))

I cubed about 10 medium Russet potatoes with the skin on and tossed them with some oil, dry Ranch dip seasoning, garlic, salt and pepper.

I roasted them at 425º for about an hour.

If you’re one of those lucky people that don’t have to watch calories too closely, how about topping these with a tasty homemade Ranch Dressing?

Ranch Dressing

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 small bunch of chives
  • 1 small handful of parsley leaves
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper (white pepper, preferred)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup buttermilk

So if you get a chance, maybe you can try this lovely addition to these potatoes.  I think I will try maybe juusst a little…next time.

Have a great weekend!


Warm Cauliflower Bacon Salad with Ranch Dressing (low carb)

This is comfort food!  Try it soon..

Warm Cauliflower Bacon Salad with Ranch Dressing

1 pkg cauliflower (frozen, then thawed)

3 radishes

1/4 cup diced onion

bacon grease, olive oil, or butter for sauteeing

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

bacon pieces

homemade ranch dressing

Heat some olive oil and butter, OR bacon grease in a skillet over medium heat.  Add chopped cauliflower, diced onion, and some julienned radishes.

Heat until the vegetables are tender.  Remove from heat and spoon into a warmed dish.

Top with real bacon pieces, shredded cheese, and homemade ranch dressing.  Enjoy!

Warm Cauliflower Bacon Salad with Ranch Dressing

goes well with steak, tenderloinpork chops, or meatloaf!


Easy Ranch and Bacon Pasta Salad

I love a good pasta salad and if it’s easy and simple, that’s even better!


pasta salad


A few Sundays ago, my sister-in-law called to invite me to a family picnic and so I decided a simple pasta salad would be a great addition to the meal she had already prepared.


After the afternoon service, she, her husband, 2 daughters, 8 grandchildren and my family of 4 plus my baby great-nephew, all met at the park for an evening of food and family fun.


There was Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup, Cornbread, Sandwiches, Chips, Pasta Salad, Fresh Veggies and Ranch Dip, Sweet Tea, Banana Pudding, and Coconut Cake.


There’s no time like Family Time!


More great homestyle recipes:

Vegetable Beef Soup with Southern Cornbread

Steak and Onion Salad with Creamy Homemade Dressing

Chocolate Fudge Pie



Easy Ranch and Bacon Pasta Salad

1 box pasta, cooked ( I used Dreamfields Penne Rigate)

1 cup homemade ranch dressing

1/2 cup bacon pieces

4 oz shredded cheddar cheese

salt and pepper to taste

cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced – optional

Mix the cooked, drained and cooled pasta with the dressing, cheese, and bacon.  Place in pretty serving bowl.  Cover and chill before serving.


Find Atkin’s  Low Carb Penne Pasta here.

Squash Aussie Fries with Spicy Ranch


I was really wanting some of Outback’s Aussie Fries and had some fresh yellow squash. Here’s what I came up with…

I didn’t measure anything.
Squash “Aussie Fries”

Long neck yellow squash (or might use  zucchini)
cheddar cheese, shredded
bacon, cooked and chopped
Olive oil, salt, & pepper (plus other spices to your taste)

Cut squash lengthwise into fry shaped pieces
In a cast iron skillet, heat some light olive oil.  Cook fries on all sides until lightly browned.  Remove from skillet and place in oven proof baking dish.
Sprinkle with shredded cheese and bacon pieces.
Heat in oven until cheese is melted.

Serve with Spicy Ranch Dip or make your own by adding 1 tablespoon of cayenne to your own ranch dip recipe.