If there was one thing I took away from my trips to America, aside from the desire to use a mobility scooter (with built-in cup holder) to go any distance further than 400m and a propensity for being slightly brash but oh-so-sweet, it was a taste for ranch dressing. On our last trip, after three weeks of constant theme parks, our bodies were crying out for anything that wasn’t in burger form or didn’t leave grease all over our beards. Hard to find in Disney! I remember seeing all those giant folks walking around chewing on what looked like a burnt leg. I had to get one, despite reading they were emu legs – they’re not, they’re from male turkeys, fact fans – but even I couldn’t finish it, and I’m used to packing a lot of hot meat into my mouth – I’ve been doing it for years!
So yes, Paul and I finally found a place called Ruby Tuesday’s, with a giant, fresh salad bar…and they had this dressing – ranch – and I’d never tried it before, but honest to God if I’m ever (god forbid) terminally ill and in a hospice, I want Make a Wish to come along and order the doctors to do a blood/ranch transfusion. I can’t get enough of the bloody stuff but it’s so high in fat, being made with buttermilk or sour cream as it is, so usually it’s a no-no Nanette on SW. That said, as a weigh in treat, we’ve used in the recipe below and spent a few syns on it, and I fully recommend you do too – it was a delicious meal, and for crying out loud, it combines cheese, chicken, bacon and potatoes – what more do you want? Note our token attempt at making it healthy on the side there with our salad.
Oh! Before I do the recipe, just a quick comment – thank you all so much for your lovely comments, it really means a lot to us! You might not see them appear right away as I need to moderate out all the porn links and spam we get sent (honestly, I wish my exes would just GET OVER ME haha), but I’ll always get to you! I do fret about appearing rude.
Recipe then, without any further delay:
to make slow-cooked chicken, bacon and cheese, you’ll need:
This is a slow cooker recipe – if you don’t have one, you could create a foil parcel and hoy it in the oven on very, very low for a while, but I don’t know the timings…
ingredients: potatoes – we used rainbow potatoes from Tesco, with a mix of different colours, cut up into thumb sized chunks (use your own measurements for the amount of potatoes you’d like, but we used 1.5kg and that made enough for four servings, two chicken breasts, six bacon medallions or rashers with the fat off, reduced fat cheese, ranch dressing (Newman’s Own), spring onions – and whatever you want on the side in your salad.
to make slow-cooked chicken, bacon and cheese, you should:
recipe: line your slow cooker with foil – you’re going to create a parcel of everything and cook it inside the parcel, so work that out. Actually, that’s a shite way of putting it, sorry! Cut up your chicken breast and bacon into chunks. Then it’s as simple as layering – potatoes, chicken, bacon, grated cheese, slices of spring onion, hoy it all together and add four tablespoons of ranch dressing. Cook on low for eight hours. Serve!
extra-easy: the syns come from the ranch dressing – Newman’s Own for 3 syns per level tablespoon. Now that’s LEVEL, not balanced on the spoon like dressing based Jenga. The cheese – you can have 40g of reduced fat cheese as HEA. I used 100g of cheese – again, split between four that’s nowhere near the HEA amount, so worry not!
Right – enjoy!
I love your blog so much. I look forward to reading every new entry, I especially love the ramblings that are just about your general life stuff with a a bit of foodie stuff chucked in. Like the Germany ones and your neighbours exploits etc. As one of the first on your FB page I’m over the moon to see it picking up speed .
It’s proper crazy! It’s shot through the roof, and that’s never a bad thing…! You have indeed been a fan from the start and we love you for it
As they say on this side of the pond “skittin”!!! Love your blog, look forward to it every day. Just wondering wound one of those cooking bags work ins tread of foil? It would save on the washing up too!!!!!!!
I stumbled across your website and had to say what a breath of fresh air you are!! Your chat is hilarious and recipies look lovely. I will follow you in the hope you continue to lighten my mood as well as my lard ass!!!
Haha WELL honestly, I’m always happy to try and help! Glad to have new fans! Thank you 🙂
Love you guys – your website is my new favourite. I’ve been doing Slimming World for five years now. I have a system where I find recipes I want to have for the week and copy and paste the URL into my Google calendar for the day I want to eat it, then order all ingredients online and have em delivered. Oh yes. It works for me. When I don’t do this, I fall right off the wagon.
I think I like all the things you guys like. And, being originally from Texas, you speak my language most of the time with your American inspired food. When you mentioned Ranch here I seriously started salivating. It’s like crack. For lunch every day in high school I would get a chilli cheese footlong hotdog with fries with sriracha hot sauce and ranch poured all over them. And I wondered why I ended up a big girl (they need love too!)
I’ve created a ranch though that is free on slimming world that does the trick for me when I’m craving it. Fat free fromage frais, with pinches each of salt, pepper, dried mixed herbs, onion powder and garlic salt. Add a few drops of lemon juice, stir and refrigerate. I’ve toyed with the idea of adding dehydrated onions to the cause and see if over the course of a wee bit of time they will re-hydrate to a perfect crunch. Mmmm…no problem getting raw veggies in me if they’d dipped in this stuff. Just thought I’d pass that on to a fellow Ranch lover! 🙂
Damn Holly, I can’t believe I missed such a lovely post! Thank you for the kind words and my god, a ranch dressing that actually sounds delicious! You have no idea how much I want a chilli cheese hotdog too 🙁
I’m going to save your recipe and you might see it appearing on the blog soon! Thank you for taking the time to contact us xx
What a great idea with the calendar I would have never thought of that, hope you don’t mind but I may just pinch this idea.
Just a little note, Aldi are now selling slow cooker bags they are fab and cut down on the cleaning!
I’m always worried they’ll melt though! But I might be brave and try some 🙂
Love the blog really enjoyed the sense of humor food is amazing better than other boring recipe blogs lol use r my new foodie experts for my fat fighters journey thanks x
Hi, this sounds delicious, would it freeze well, do you think?
Thanks for all the amazing recipes guys, and humour 🙂