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What is the best ranch dressing to use when baking pork chops?

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The recipe for ranch pork chops specifies a 1-ounce packet of Hidden Valley Original Ranch salad dressing and seasoning mix. This is the powdered ranch dressing that the consumer normally mixes with milk and mayonnaise, not the bottled dressing.

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The recipe directs the cook to mix the ranch dressing with paprika, salt and pepper. This seasoning mix provides enough for six chops. Once the cook coats them in seasoning, he places them in a pan and bakes them for 20 minutes, turning them at the midway point. The chops are ready when the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

For a busy-day meal that is ready when the family comes home, the cook adds a packet of ranch dressing mix to a slow cooker with pork chops and cream of mushroom soup. He sets the pot to low and at the end of a day at work, pork chops in savory gravy are ready to eat.

Ranch dressing mix makes a good starting blend when seasoning a variety of meats, seafood and vegetables. Cooks sometimes add it to soups and stews or as a seasoning for holiday snacks. The ranch dressing packet contains a blend of spices and herbs that helps to transform otherwise bland meals into a tasty meal to enjoy.

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