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When it comes to dips, I don’t limit myself to just chips. That’s not to say that I don’t love a good chip and dip, because I do. But I also like to dip chicken strips, fries, onion rings, pizza, and if the sauce or dip is particular good, a spoon.
Hubby has been craving onion rings lately. They’re not something I’ve ever made before, though my Mom made homemade ones frequently when I was a kid. Instead, I just picked up a bag of Alexia Crispy Onion Rings when I was shopping at Walmart the other day. Far easier and much less messy than homemade, for sure, something that has extra merit on game day when you’re trying to feed a crowd.
I also grabbed a couple bags of fries – Alexia Smart Classics Crinkle Cut Fries and Regular Sweet Potato fries. Crinkle cut are some of my favorite and I know a lot of people love sweet potato fries, too. I like to have plenty of variety for my guests, and I’ve been wanting to try sweet potato fries, myself (I know, I know).
Fries and onion rings are tasty on their own, of course, but dips make them better! So I made one of hubby’s favorites – my copycat Outback Bloom sauce (what they use for their onion appetizer) – and my smoky ketchup recipe for me.
Copycat Outback Bloom Sauce
1/2 cup mayo
2 T ketchup
1 1/2 T extra hot horseradish
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
Blend all ingredients together in a small bowl until fully combined. Refrigerate before serving, at least a couple of hours and up to overnight, for the flavors to have a chance to, well, bloom.
Smoky Ketchup Recipe
1 cup ketchup
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 T Worcestershire sauce
Blend all ingredients together in a small bowl until fully combined. In my opinion, it’s best served cold. It gives a nice contrast between the heat of the ketchup and the heat of the onion rings.
Both are really easy dip recipes and can be done the day ahead to take one more thing off your list of things to do on party day. And you can easily adjust the recipe size to accommodate the number of guests you’ll be serving.
Oh, and if you like that little onion ring tower, here’s how I did it. Take a narrow, taller shot glass and stack the rings around it, largest on bottom and moving up in size. That’s it! Makes for a fun presentation, I think. If you’d like more ideas for your game day party, head over to the Game Time Grub recipe hub or the Alexia Pinterest page.