Sunday, June 17, 2012

Ranch Potato Bites

I really like homemade ranch fries an this recipe was branched off from them. We make them when we're camping because they are so super easy! 

Mini Potatoes (I used 3 pounds for 7 people and there were some left over.)
1.5 Ranch Seasoning Dip/Dressing packets
1/2c Shredded Parmesan Cheese
1 stick of Salted Butter - Cubed  (Margarine doesn't work the same) 
1.5 Tbsp Olive or Veggie Oil

*Please Note: We use Dutch Ovens around here but you could easily but them in a foil packet and put them on the grill or in a baking dish and put them into the oven.

First slice all of your baby potatoes to a similar size. I cut most of them in half but if they were bigger I cut them into thirds. Place them into the Dutch Oven. As for potatoes I used Gemstone potatoes which we get at our Hyvee. They come in bags like this and they are baby reds, yellows, and purples (Who knew?! Purple potatoes, they're delish!) 

This is the package that the potatoes came in. I used 2 bags.
Next drizzle olive oil over the potatoes. You don't need a whole lot, just enough to coat the potatoes. I used about 1.5 Tbsp.  Stir oil around so oil coats potatoes. (This is to ensure that the ranch seasoning sticks to the potatoes. 

Now add the Ranch seasoning packets. This can be adjusted to your taste. I like mine ranchy (if that's a word) so I used 1.5 large size packets. Stir Ranch seasoning around so it coats potatoes. Then sprinkle the butter cubes around the pot. (You can sprinkle a little bit of the cheese on now if you'd like)

*If using a Dutch Oven use top and bottom heat for about 20-25 minutes and then remove from bottom heat (but keeping top heat) for about 5-10 minutes or until potatoes are done. 

*If using a foil packet on the grill put on indirect heat for about 30 minutes or until potatoes are done.

*If making in the oven: Set oven to 375 degrees and place covered baking dish in oven for about 20-25 minutes or until potatoes are done. 

When potatoes are 5 minutes from being done sprinkle cheese on top and let cheese melt and get golden. 

Enjoy and Happy Father's Day!

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