Easy and Cheesy Ranch Baked Potatoes combine the comforting taste of baked potatoes with the zesty flavor of ranch seasoning and the gooey goodness of melted cheddarcheese. This dish is an easy-to-make, crowd-pleasing side that adds a delicious twist to the classic baked potato. It’s perfect for family dinners, potlucks, or as a hearty snack.
- 3 large russet potatoes, chopped
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons ranch seasoning mix
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Garlic powder, black pepper, and salt to taste
Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). This high temperature is ideal for baking the potatoes until they are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
Take the russet potatoes and chop them into even-sized pieces. This ensures that they cook uniformly. You can peel the potatoes if you prefer, but leaving the skin on provides extra texture and nutrients.
Place the chopped potatoes in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle them with the olive oil, ensuring that each piece is well coated. Olive oil not only adds flavor but also helps the seasonings stick to the potatoes and aids in achieving a crispy texture.
Sprinkle the ranch seasoning mix over the potatoes. Add garlic powder, black pepper, and salt to taste. Toss the potatoes until they are evenly coated with the seasoning. The ranch seasoning mix gives a delightful herby and tangy flavor that pairs wonderfully with the potatoes.
Spread the seasoned potatoes in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or lightly greased to prevent sticking. The single layer allows the potatoes to cook evenly and become crispy.
Bake the potatoes in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes, or until they are golden brown and tender. Halfway through the baking time, you may want to stir the potatoes to ensure even cooking and browning.
Once the potatoes are cooked, remove them from the oven and sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese over the top. The heat from the potatoes will melt the cheese, creating a deliciously cheesy coating.
Return the potatoes to the oven for an additional 3-5 minutes, or until the cheese is fully melted and slightly golden.
Be careful not to overbake the potatoes, as they can become dry. The goal is crispy on the outside, soft on the inside.
Serve these Easy and Cheesy Ranch Baked Potatoes hot, garnished with chopped green onions or chives for added color and flavor. They are excellent with a dollop of sour cream or alongside a main dish like grilled steak, chicken, or a fresh salad.
- Size Matters: Chop the potatoes into equal-sized pieces for even cooking.
- Cheese Varieties: Experiment with different types of cheese like mozzarella or pepper jack for a different flavor profile.
- Additional Toppings: Consider adding bacon bits, chopped chives, or a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese for extra flavor.
- Ranch Variations: Use homemade ranch seasoning for a healthier option with less sodium.
- Preparation Time: Approximately 10 minutes
- Cooking Time: 25-30 minutes
- Total Time: 35-40 minutes
- Calories: Approximately 200-250 per serving
- Protein: 5-7g per serving
- Sodium: Varies based on the amount of ranch seasoning and added salt
Easy and Cheesy Ranch Baked Potatoes are a delightful twist on traditional baked potatoes. They are simple to prepare, yet packed with flavor, making them a great addition to any meal. Whether you’re cooking for your family or bringing a dish to a gathering, these potatoes are sure to be a hit!