Monday, January 25, 2016

Silly dogs and tasty food!

I luv you Mom, now feed me...
The last couple of days have given me a chance to take some silly dog pictures.  Our pack is both goofy, and fairly photogenic, even with my anemic photographic skills.
We haz a new couch!  No room for you, diva.

Yesterday, in between football games, I made a tasty meal/snack.  Chicken Bacon Ranch Fries.  Dave had spotted the recipe, and I thought it would be good to try yesterday.  It proved to be quite tasty, and easy to make if you cheat. (I used a bag of crinkle cut fries instead of cutting up my own potatoes.  I was pressed for time.)

Chicken Bacon Ranch Fries

Oven baked ranch fries smothered in bacon, two cheeses, and creamy ranch chicken.
YIELD: Serves 5+
PREP TIME: 20 minutes
COOK TIME: 25 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 45 minutes
 ** Note:  I roughly doubled all ingredients because I used the whole bag of frozen fries.
  • 4 slices bacon (I used a whole package of thick cut bacon)
  • 2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch matchsticks  (I used a bag of frozen fries)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup shredded cooked chicken (about 4 ounces) (6 or 7 cooked breast tenderloins sliced up)
  • 1/2 cup Skinny Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip (I used plain greek yogurt and 1 whole pkt. of ranch dip mix)
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh chopped chives


  1. Place rack in center of oven and preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with foil and set a baking rack on top. Lay the strips of bacon flat on top of the rack, then bake until crisp, about 12-15 minutes, depending upon the thickness of your bacon. Set between two paper towels atop a dinner plate and pat dry. When cool enough to handle, chop and set aside. Increase o¬ven temperature to 425 degrees F.
  2. Meanwhile, peel and cut the potatoes. Place in a large bowl, then toss with the olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, dill, salt, and cayenne. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray, then spread the fries onto the sheet in a single layer. Bake 15 minutes, flip with a spatula, then bake an additional 10-15 minutes, until lightly crisp.
  3. While the fries are baking, heat the ranch dip in a small saucepan or microwave-safe bowl, just until warm. Toss with chicken to coat.
  4. Remove fries from oven and top with the chicken, cheddar, mozzarella, and bacon. Return to the oven until the cheese melts, 3-5 minutes. Top with chives. Serve immediately.
Ranger pronounces it tasty and fit for consumption!
Hey Mom, where's mine?

1 comment:

  1. Oh yum. That looks so good.
    I love your dogs. They always look like they have such huge personalities in your pictures.


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