Tuesday, December 22, 2009

That ain't no ordinary bottle o' Ranch!


No sireebob!

When I was in high school I was introduced to two of the greatest food combinations in history: pizza + ranch dressing. YUM! The reason it took me so long to discover the two foods that should just automatically come together, is because I pretty much grew up in Oklahoma City. Then, right before I began high school, my parents moved to "the country". On pizza days in the cafeteria there would be bottles of ranch sitting on the tables and everyone poured a big puddle of ranch onto their school lunch tray and proceeded to dip their pizza in it. This event never happened in the OKC public school system. The first time I saw this I was a little appalled. That was, until I tried it! What's funny is that now whenever I eat pizza in front of someone that hasn't combined these two foods together, and they see me dipping my pizza in ranch, I sometimes get a raised eyebrow. They obviously have been missing out!

Now, onto the bottle of ranch pictured above...

Have any of you ever ate at Mazzio's Pizza? I know they are all over Oklahoma but not sure what other states they are located in. Unfortunately, they are not in Colorado. Not only is their pizza delicious, but their ranch dressing is to. die. for. I'm serious. I almost think the ranch dressing is why I love Mazzio's so much!

I mentioned that my sister came to visit us over Thanksgiving. And since I have the most awesome sister in the world, she knew that earlier in my pregnancy I was craving Mazzio's. (Luckily she was smart enough to know that I was really craving Mazzio's ranch dressing). Believe it or not, my sister went to Mazzio's before leaving Oklahoma and bought a large to-go container of ranch dressing. Then, she transferred it into an empty ranch dressing bottle and brought it all the way to Colorado for me via ice chest! How awesome is that?

Greg and I have been enjoying some of the best salads lately, along with a Little Cesar's pizza this past weekend, made even better with this awesome condiment! In fact, we love it so much that once it was only 1/4 full, we added water to it to thin it out and make it last just a lil' bit longer!

Why Greg and I never thought to load up on Mazzio's ranch before is beyond us. All I know is, we're going to Oklahoma in January for my baby shower, and Greg claims we are buying six containers of ranch dressing!

Does ranch dressing freeze well? ***crossing my fingers and my toes that it does!***

12 comments:

PennyCandy said...

I don't know if it freezes well or not but maybe you can order it online.

Ranch on pizza is a really big thing here in Fort Worth. I think they only people that don't eat it that way are transplanted Yankees.

Sheila said...

You can not freeze the ranch dressing but it will keep in the fridge a long time. and if you two go through it that fast it should still be good.

Bethany said...

You can buy that ranch at walmart you just have to make it yourself. It's in the salad dressing part of the store. It's called Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix not the dip.You use mayo and butter milk. It's the same! We use to make it at a pizza place that I worked at.

mom to 3 boys + 1 princess! said...

Yes, the hidden valley ranch mix with BUTTERMILK tastes very very similar to Mazzios. I am like you and LOVE Mazzios dressing. Unfortunately I don't get to enjoy it because my husband will only eat at Pizza Hut. I make the buttermilk ranch dressing though and it is DELISH!
For old times sake though I would definitely stock up while you are in OK@

Solar Dasher said...
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Felicia said...

Oh. My. Goodness!!! @solar dasher you are my new best friend!! Thank you so much for sharing!

Solar Dasher said...

No problem! I'm not sure if it will come out correctly, we make it in 4 gallon tubs. 2 gal mayo, 1 gal buttermilk, and 4 packets (1 pound) of Chuckwagon brand salad dressing mix. I personally think the sour cream makes it all the better though!

Unknown said...

Solar, could you get the pasta salad recipe????

KellConn said...

@SolarDasher, using the same amount of mayo, buttermilk and sour cream is not making mine as thick as Mazzio's. Is there something they use to thicken it? I tried xanthan gum but it made it almost rubbery. Help!

Unknown said...

Solar Dasher... I realize your post is a few years old but if you get this please message me back when possible regarding the ranch recipe. Thanks.

Zan said...

The way they make it at Mazzio's is what SolarDasher said - 2 gallons mayo, 1 gallon buttermilk and the chuckwagon dressing mix. I'd leave out the sour cream and reduce the recipe to something you can make in your home kitchen and sub in hidden valley ranch dressing mix for the chuck wagon.

Unknown said...

When I worked at mazzios the pasta salad was pre-ordered in a gallon tub.