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Old 01-28-2008, 06:47 PM   #1
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ISO Ranch Dip

Instead of spinch can you add romaine lettuce? I was thinking of putting it in but wasn't sure.

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Old 01-28-2008, 07:49 PM   #2
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Are you talking about Ranch Dip or Spinach Dip?
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Old 01-28-2008, 08:29 PM   #3
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well, the back of the packet says add sour cream and spinach. Well, I don't eat Spinach and was wondering if I could substitute it for romaine.
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Old 01-28-2008, 08:35 PM   #4
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So a packet of ranch mix is being used? I don't think it would work well, but I guess you never know. Maybe a butter crunch variety lettuce might work better than Romaine...
I am not a huge fan of spinach either and will not eat it any other way (not on pizza not creamed, etc), but I will use it in the dip. When I make it I just make sure the spinach is chopped up real good and use slightly less than suggested.
Otherwise maybe a Swiss Chard might work as well. Just trying to think of things that would give you the same consistency and not clash...maybe even a Bok Choy.
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I honestly have NO idea what you mean.

Ranch dip is an "add mayo/sour cream, milk/cream" type of deal. Never heard of adding spinach. I might be on the wrong ranch though.

Romaine has a much higher water content then spinach either way, and I could not really stand behind telling you to use romaine in any "dip". As a salad, sure, halved and brushed with oil and herbs then grilled, sure. But I am not feeling a dip, at least not ranch.
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I honestly have NO idea what you mean.

Ranch dip is an "add mayo/sour cream, milk/cream" type of deal. Never heard of adding spinach. I might be on the wrong ranch though.

Romaine has a much higher water content then spinach either way, and I could not really stand behind telling you to use romaine in any "dip". As a salad, sure, halved and brushed with oil and herbs then grilled, sure. But I am not feeling a dip, at least not ranch.
Hidden Valley has a "Ranch Spinach dip" recipe on the back of the package. Sour cream, frozen spinach defrosted and drained, and a package of HV Ranch Dip. You can't substitute lettuce for the spinach, it won't work. The point of frozen spinach is it's soft and cooked, lettuce is not soft. I would just make the ranch dip, not the spinach ranch dip.
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well, the back of the packet says add sour cream and spinach. Well, I don't eat Spinach and was wondering if I could substitute it for romaine.
When our children were small and wouldn't eat spinach, I subbed cooked chopped broccoli for it. Over time, I began to replace chopped spinach for the broccoli and, after a while, they were eating spinach without realizing.

Perhaps you could substitute cooked chopped broccoli, drained well instead of spinach.
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interesting idea
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