By Michael Harris-Arzon, The Simplistic Professional
Every chef has a preference as to the type of foods they want to cook. That is why some specialize in pastries, others in a particular regional cuisine like Italian or French and then there are those the specialize in sauces.
I started out baking and all through my childhood I told myself, and anyone that cared to listen, that I wanted to go to school at Le Cordon Bleu and become a pastry chef. But as life happens, I ended up studying business and worked in restaraunts to put myself through school.
Along the way, my cooking preferences changed to those of an Executive Chef and I shied away from certain things, like making sauces from scratch. Don’t get me wrong, I knew how to make all of the basic sauces, but never ventured into creating my own sauce recipes. Until the past couple of years, when I got into making elaborate sandwiches and as you know, every great sandwich needs a good sauce.
- 1/2 Cup Cold Buttermilk, Extremely Well Shaken
- 1/2 Cup Mayonaise
- 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese, Shaved
- 1 Clove Garlic, Finely Minced
- 1 Tbs. Yellow Onion, Finely Minced
- 1/8 Tsp. Salt
- 1/2 Tsp. Freshly Ground Mustard Seed, Dry Mustard Powder if fresh isn’t available
- 2 Tbs. Fresh Chives, Finely Chopped
- 1 Tbs. Fresh Thyme, Finely Chopped
- 1 Tbs. Parsley, Finely Chopped
- 1 Tbs. Fresh Dill, Finely Chopped
- 1 Tsp. Cracked Black Pepper
- 1 Tsp. Smoked Paprika
- Pour your 1/2 cup of buttermilk into a small Tupperware container and close the lid tightly. Shake vigorously for about a minute. This ensures that the milk isn’t separated AND adds air which lightens it up. Making for a creamier dressing in my opinion.
- Into a medium mixing bowl, add your buttermilk and mayonnaise. Mix together well with a wire whisk.
- If using fresh mustard seed, pour your seeds into a mortar and pestle, grind until a fine powder.
- Add your paprika, cracked peppercorns, freshly ground mustard seed, fresh thyme, fresh dill, fresh chives, fresh parsley and salt. Whisk your dressing until well combined.
- Finally, add your onion, garlic and parmesan cheese to your ranch dressing mixture and stir with a small spatula until well combined.
- Serve on sandwiches, burgers, salads etc., and enjoy!