Sunday, April 12, 2015

Creamy Tomatillo Ranch Dressing

This recipe pays homepage to my dear friend Bob Nielson, owner of Cafe Rio. I remember Bob in high school working as a waiter at The Roof, the upscale restaurant at the top of Hotel Utah. One night while making bananas flambĂ© in his kitchen for a group of friends, the flames went so high they marked the ceiling. Great times. 

This dressing is similar to the one at Cafe Rio. I could seriously drink the stuff.

You will need:

1 packet TRADITIONAL Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix (not the one marked Buttermilk)
1 cup Mayonnaise 
1/3 cup buttermilk
2 tomatillos (remove husk, cut in half)
1/2 bunch fresh cilantro
1 Clove garlic
1/2 jalapeno, seeded
Juice of 1 lime

Place all of the above ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. If you like it spicey, add the whole jalapeno, seeds removed. 

If it's too thick, add more buttermilk.