Monday, January 18, 2010

Ranch Potatoes


This was a complete experiment, not expected to turn out well.  It was never planned as a serious contender for today's evening meal.  Uncle Meat & Potatoes and Auntie EQ went to Grunting Junk Loving Teenager's football awards night.  The Spinach Fluff had been consumed, Auntie EQ had a pasta and cheese casserole and then there was a mad dash out the door  for the awards.  The potatoes would be finished sometime after 9 PM, around the time everyone was scheduled to return.  When they returned, Uncle Meat & Potatoes asked for some potatoes.  We dished up some bowls.

Winner, Loser or Meh

Everyone had 3 bowls.  I guess they were our dessert.  I thought the flavor was a bit too strong from the ranch mix and maybe it needed less of it, in fact I would have preferred potatoes alone smothered in butter. Everyone else seemed to think it was great.  Note, I had 3 bowls, too.  It was being consumed so fast, I was afraid there wouldn't be any left for a picture.  There are loads of sauce with this, even after the potatoes are consumed.  Uncle Meat & Potatoes wanted crusty bread cubes so that he could pretend the sauce was fondue.  He's likely to get his wish tomorrow.

Recipe

I used a 2 1/2 - 3 quart crock for this.

Ingredients:
  •  2 lbs red potatoes, unpeeled, cut into large chunks
  • 1 envelope ranch dressing mix 
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • salt & pepper to taste
Spray crock with no stick spray. Put potatoes in crock pot. Mix the ranch mix, cream cheese, and soup together in a bowl until well blended.  Pour over potatoes.  Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours.  Stir and add salt and pepper to taste.

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