September 30, 2019

Jalapeño Ranch Dipping Sauce

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Ingredients:

1 jalapeño, minced
1 tablespoon dried parsley
2 teaspoons freeze-dried chives
1 1/2 teaspoons dillweed
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried onion
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
8 oz sour cream
2 tablespoons mayonnaise

Directions:

Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour prior to serving.



About 20 minutes before you are ready to eat, prepare the McCain® Potato, Broccoli & Cheddar Veggie Taters™ according to package instructions. Serve hot, with dipping sauce on the side.


My thoughts:

I spend a lot of my days cooking which should come as no surprise to anyone who has read this blog for the last 15+ years. What you might not know is how much side dishes can stress me out! Sometimes a meal is all about the side dishes like when I made a fun macaroni salad and served it with a simple burger but often, as a recipe developer, I'm either concentrating on the main dish or am so tired of making something I can't serve as a meal (like this pawpaw cake) that I just want something simple to serve as a side, snack or even a party appetizer. My husband really prefers that a meal includes some sort of starch and a vegetable but honestly, I'm normally good at the vegetable but the starch gives me some pause because if often requires a bit of work--boiling or roasting or mashing--and time.

Enter the McCain® Potato, Broccoli & Cheddar Veggie Taters™ . Made with real vegetables and potatoes they are super quick to make and are a better option than plain tater tots thanks to the full 1/2 cup of veggies in each serving. We don't have children but honestly, I'm always looking for easy and fun ways to sneak extra vegetables into our diet without having to make a separate side dish. Normally it's just tossing some spinach in while I'm making mashed potatoes or adding some arugula to tuna pasta salad but this is so much simpler and really tasty! They really taste like cheesy tater tots with a hint of broccoli- no artificial flavors here!

I really loved having them as a snack too. They heat up quickly in the oven and were a great way to get some extra veggies in outside of mealtime.



To make it a little more fun, I made this jalapeño ranch dipping sauce to dip the Veggie Taters in. The dip keeps for nearly a week in the fridge and takes about 2 minutes to make so you can have it on hand for any time the mood strikes. It's a bit spicy from the pepper but full of creamy, classic ranch flavor. 

McCain® Veggie Taters™ are easy to find in your local store. I bought them at ShopRite and they were in the frozen foods aisle in the frozen potato section. Check them out yourself! You have until 11/1/19 to save $1 on McCain® Veggie Taters™ using this coupon. If you don't live locally, you can purchase McCain® Veggie Taters™ at your local Wakefern, Shaw’s, and DeMoulas locations. 








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