Icky rainy days call for staying in pajamas (if you can help it). They also called for endless snacking. Popcorn is the best way to maximize your snacking abilities and not have that “holy cow I’m dying” feeling immediately thereafter. Unless you eat 95 cups.
When it’s a rainy, icky day, you need a pick-me-up, as well as a delicious snack to carry you through the whole day.
My pick-me-up du jour (well, really, du month) has been buttermilk ranch dressing. My heavens you really can put that stuff in ANYTHING when cooking. (Except for pizza, if you tell me to do that, I will hit you. Pizza sauce and cheese is just too good.) There will be more on this concept of ranch-adding-while-cooking later..
Enter: buttermilk ranch popcorn.
It’s delicious. It’s not nutritious. It is everything my icky, rainy day needed. And, I am still able to be in my pajamas through it all.
Score. And you’re welcome.
Buttermilk Ranch Popcorn**
Yields: a lot, but somehow not enough.
6 cups popped popcorn
5 TBS salted butter
2 TBS buttermilk ranch dressing
1. Melt your butter over medium heat and add the ranch dressing, stirring until it is completely combined.
2. With your popcorn in a big serving bowl, slowly pour the buttery-ranch mixture over the popcorn as you stir.
**RECIPE NOTE: To make a more decadent popcorn, increase your butter and ranch portion, while trying to maintain the ratio. This yielded a mild flavoring of just enough awesome without going overboard. The time to go overboard? SNOW DAYS!