Sunday, December 6, 2009

Cheesy Ranch Potatoes

Whether you tote this to a potluck, a holiday party or a simple family dinner, these potatoes are sure to stand out! Even my husband who typically doesn't like "Ranch" flavored anything, devours this dish! I like to make these with anything from the grill (hamburgers, steak, etc), fried chicken and even certain types of pork chops. Though I would imagine they would pair well with many other meals.

Tips: This recipe makes enough to serve 8-10 but can easily be halved for smaller gatherings or week-night dinners.
I've added cooked and crumbled bacon to this dish before and it turned out amazing
as well (has the addition of bacon ever made anything worse? No!). If I had to estimate the amount of bacon to use, I would say about 2 to 3 strips per pound of potatoes used. (



Cheesy Ranch Potatoes

4 pounds potatoes, cut into small cubes (about 1/4 inch)
1 medium onion, finely diced
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon seasoning salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 1/3 cups shredded Colby-Jack cheese
1 bottle Ranch dressing, 8 oz

In a medium skillet heat olive oil and add diced onion, cooking until translucent. In a small bowl combine the melted butter, chili powder, seasoning salt and pepper.
Lightly grease a 9x13 glass baking dish and add cubed potatoes and onions. Drizzle with butter/spice mixture, turning potatoes to coat. Cover with foil and bake at 400 degrees for 1 hour. Remove from oven and stir in ranch dressing and cheese, combining well. Return dish to oven (uncovered) and continue baking for 15 minutes.

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