Crispy, cheesy, and ranchy? Ok, that last one may not be a word but is there anything better than that combo? Shake N Bake Ranch Potatoes are here!
Cade here, and I’ve brought with me a little bit of a Southern meets Northern charm in the form of potatoes. When I was little I was your typical little boy. I wanted to be outside at all times and if I wasn’t out running around I was parked in front of the tv with my brand new Nintendo.
Little boys can get into a lot of mischief and this little boy certainly did just that. When I was in Kindergarten we got a brand new Nintendo and it was so cool. Kindergarten was not as enticing as playing mario and get every last coin out of those little boxes and bricks so I chose to be a liar. Now, I’m not proud of what I did but it makes for a good story, so pin this recipe and then I’ll finish telling you.
There I was, sitting on the rug for reading time, or maybe I was tracing the letters of the alphabet, I don’t really remember, but I stood up, walked over to my kind, innocent teacher and told her that I had a dentist appointment and I needed to go home.
What a liar!!! What was I thinking? And what a stinker I was for even doing that. BUT more importantly, what kind of teacher lets her student go? That’s just what she did! I packed up my bag and walked home, headed straight to the tv and started playing my game.
Maybe she was smarter than I thought as soon enough in walked Mom and needless to say, I didn’t play nintendo for a long time. I hope and pray my children aren’t ever that sneaky. My mom deserves a medal for all she put up with. I definitely went through a phase of being a punk little kid but hopefully I’m making up for that now.
Shake N Bake was the new thing when I was little. Just add your chicken or potatoes to a bag and shake then bake! Genius. Pure genius.
Are Potatoes Good Carbs?
Most nutrient-rich complex carbohydrates like potatoes have a welcome role in a healthy diet.
Unfortunately, the impact of the starch in potatoes can place them in the “bad carb” category for some people.
While healthy individuals can tolerate them in moderation, the carbohydrates in potatoes are not a good choice for anyone who is diabetic or prediabetic or needs to keep her blood sugar balanced.
Carrian and I were laughing about the past and decided to make our own version of Shake N Bake Ranch potatoes. They are so good you can’t help but take seconds and thirds and they are something easy that the kids can help with too. Especially if they aren’t allowed to be on their devices due to mischief. 😉
Which Potatoes are Good for Baking?
Starchy potatoes (russets and many sweet potatoes are Great for baking and frying as they’re absorbant.
Waxy potatoes (red-skinned and fingerling potatoes are great for soups and salads because they hold their shape so well during cooking.
Shake N Bake Ranch Potatoes
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Shake N Bake Ranch Potatoes
- 6 Tablespoons Butter
- 4 Medium Russet Potatoes peeled and chopped in 1/2-1" pieces
- 1 Cup Panko Breadcrumbs
- 2/3 Cup Kraft Parmesan Cheese
- 2 Tablespoons Dry Ranch Dressing from the Ranch dressing envelope
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Parsley for garnish
- Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Place the butter on a cookie sheet and place in the oven to melt.
- Meanwhile, in a large ziploc, add the panko, parmesan, ranch and a pinch of salt and pepper.
- Shake and set aside.
- Once the butter is melted, remove from the oven, add the potatoes and stir to coat.
- Using a large spoon, scoop the potatoes into the bag with the panko and seal tight.
- Shake the bag or let the kids shake it.
- Pour back out onto the pan and bake until tender and golden, about 25-30 minutes.
- Serve hot!
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