Our Ranch Potatoes are comfort food on steroids. With just one hour, one baking pan, and a few ingredients, you can toss together a scrumptious side dish.
Bacon Ranch Potatoes are perfect for parties, potlucks, or plain old family dinner! They require relatively little time to prepare and just a tiny bit of clean up, which makes them a chef friendly dish as well. Have some ravenous sons and daughters returning from sports practice or a day outdoors? Turn to cheesy Ranch Potatoes. Need a low-pressure side idea for an upcoming holiday gathering or special event? Zesty Ranch Potatoes to the rescue! Have a quiet evening when you would like to try something new? This recipe is for you. You’re sure to get a lot encore requests after you have introduced them to your loved ones. Once Ranch dressing Potatoes have claimed a regular place in your meal rotation, give Crock Pot Cheesy Potatoes or Potatoes Au Gratin a go!
WHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUT THIS RECIPE:
- There is no prep work aside from cubing potatoes!
- They’re cheesy, creamy, and delicious.
- Ranch Potatoes go well with just about anything!
- They work for any season, warm or cold.
What Are Ranch Potatoes?
Made with just a few simple ingredients and very little prep work, they are a family favorite and a cook’s best friend.
Some people prefer to cook their potatoes in boiling water or in the microwave. In this recipe, everything is done in one baking dish in the oven.
After the potatoes, the key ingredient in this dish is, of course, Ranch dressing. The first version of Ranch was a simple mixture of mayo, buttermilk, spices, and herbs. Believe it or not, it was invented by a plumber! And the recipe sold for 8 million dollars! Check out Thrillist’s article on Ranch for more fun facts, including the deets on how many varieties of ranch exist today.
SAVE THIS RANCH POTATOES
TO YOUR SIDE DISH BOARD FOR LATER
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What Ingredients Do You Need To Make Ranch Potatoes?
You need a few pounds of cubed russet potatoes, a couple teaspoons of powdered ranch seasoning, bottled ranch dressing, 6 ounces of bacon, shredded sharp cheddar, shredded Monterey jack cheese, black pepper, and butter for this recipe.
How Do You Make Ranch Potatoes?
To make these hidden valley Ranch Potatoes, season and bake the potatoes for about an hour. Once the potatoes are soft, mix in the dressing and cheese, and place your creamy Ranch Potatoes in the oven until warmed. Serve to the delight of your friends and family.
Step By Step: How To Make Ranch Potatoes
1. Preheat oven. Spray the baking dish with nonstick spray. Sprinkle peeled, cubed potatoes with ranch seasoning (The Powder In From The Jar) and pepper, evenly.
2. Put seasoned potatoes in the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with cubed butter evenly.
3. Cover baking dish with foil. Bake until potatoes are tender or for about an hour. Remove from oven and mix in the ranch dressing, half the cheese, and cooked bacon.
4. Top with the remaining cheese and place it back in the oven until heated through and the cheese melted. (detailed instructions below)
- 4 pounds russet potatoes, peel, then cut Into 1/2 inch cubes
- 2 teaspoons Hidden Valley ranch seasoning, (the powder from the jar)
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 4 tablespoons butter, cut into cubes
- 1 cup sharp cheddar, shredded
- 1 cup Monterey jack cheese, shredded
- 1 cup ranch dressing
- 6 ounces bacon, cooked and crumbled
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 9X13 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- Evenly sprinkle peeled, cubed potatoes with ranch seasoning (The Powder In From The Jar) and pepper.
- Place seasoned potatoes in the prepared baking dish and evenly dot the top with butter.
- Cover the baking dish with foil and bake in preheated oven until the potatoes are tender about 60 minutes.
- Remove from oven and mix in the ranch dressing, half the cheese, and cooked bacon. Top with the remaining cheese and return to the oven until heated through and the cheese is melted.
Recipe Notes For Ranch Potatoes:
Coating with seasoning: It can be tricky to get a uniform covering of seasoning in any dish. Try this trick if you are struggling with the russets: pour your cubed potatoes into a large bag, sprinkle in the seasoning, close the bag, and shake until well coated!
Cubing potatoes: If you cube your own potatoes, here are the steps to follow after you’ve peel them. Slice the potato in half lengthwise, then slice each half lengthwise three more times. You will have eight long strips of potato. Line up the ends, then quickly chop widthwise from one end of the strip to the next.
Can You Make Ranch Potatoes Ahead Of Time?
You sure can. Ranch Potatoes will keep in the refrigerator for a few days and in the freezer for a few months.
To reheat, place in an oven-safe container, and cook at 350 degrees for about half an hour. Thawing in the fridge the night before is optional, and will shorten the reheat time.
Can You Freeze Ranch Potatoes?
Yes, you can! Your Ranch Potatoes will keep in the freezer for several months. The texture will be slightly softer after freezing. Be sure to use an airtight, freezer safe container.
Some people find gallon zip lock bags work best. Others use aluminum pans with lids, plastic containers, or tin foil for their freezer storage needs.