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Although the BIG GAME is now over, that doesn’t mean sports season is over in my house. Matter of fact, it’s pretty much game time all year rounds since we have boys that play baseball, football and basketball and we are fans of many sports. Even when there’s no games on tv that we are particularly interested in, we have a lot of birthdays and more often than not our parties tend to be sports themed so I’m always looking for some new game time grub.
With the romantic holiday coming up and the other games that are popular in March, I thought it would be fun to create a challenge for some easy quick dips that are perfect for game time grubbing. I found these delicious Alexia Frozen Fries when I was shopping in the frozen food aisle at Walmart and thought they looked like a great idea. Because Alexia fries are made with all natural ingredients I thought they would be the perfect snack food with a couple easy dips that could be whipped up in no time.
Now Mr. Harris loooooves crinkle cut fries. Any time we are barbecuing some hot dogs, burgers or chicken he loves to get a bag of fries to go with it and 9 times out of 10 he’ll grab a bag of crinkle cuts. Now, I prefer something a little different than that classic cut. There’s a restaurant that we love to eat at whenever we get a night to ourselves, and they have the best sweet potato fries. I wanted to recreate those, so I picked up the bag of spicy sweet potato fries for myself.
My motive was to create a little competition, his favorite things and my favorite things and we’d pick a winner based on which flavors our kids and my in-laws chose.
For his crinkle cuts I wanted to do something classic with a fun twist. Mr. Harris loves wasabi too, to the point where he almost tortures himself with it. When we pick up sushi, he’ll put a large spoonful of wasabi in his dipping bowl and it’ll clear his sinuses right up. He howls and whistles, but always comes back for more. He also likes to add ketchup to everything, like spaghetti, mashed potatoes and chili, so I figured why not create a spicy ketchup dip by adding some wasabi to it? Perfect for his crinkle cuts and it really was a good blend of flavors. The tomato ketchup is the main ingredient, with that kick in flavor that only wasabi can give and the soy sauce added a bit of depth to the flavors and really helped balance it all out.
Now, on my end, I love creamy dips. Sour cream, yogurt, mayonnaise or ranch based are my favorites. I decided to create something sweet with a kick, just like the sweet potato fries. I came up with this creamy sweet sriracha sauce as my dip, and it was the perfect compliment to the spicy sweet potato fries with it’s sweet creaminess with just a hint of heat from the sriracha and cayenne pepper.
I made all the fries and both dips and set them out for dipping fun. This would be a fun way to celebrate romance or game time. It’s also a win/win, because not only are the fries made from top quality ingredients, you also know the dips are made fresh with no preservatives or additives!
Ingredients for Wasabi Ketchup Dip:
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon wasabi paste
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger powder
Ingredients for Creamy Sweet Sriracha Sauce:
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 tablespoon sriracha
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne powder
Now, of course I preferred the creamy dip with the sweet potato fries and Mr. Harris preferred the crinkle cuts with the wasabi ketchup. We did, however, both enjoy the other option quite a bit as well. My mother-in-law and RiRi both tried them also, and although they liked both they preferred my creamy dip with the sweet potato fries. The little guys didn’t have either dip, and they preferred the crinkle cuts. Which one would you choose? Comment with your thoughts, or what type of dip you’d create instead!