Things You Never Knew You Could Do with Ketchup!
Shake Things Up!
Ketchup is an incredibly versatile condiment. It’s no wonder why we smother it on our hot dogs, burgers, and fries. What most people don’t realize is that ketchup makes a delicious base for a variety of dipping sauces that you can enjoy with all of your favourite foods!
The girls absolutely love ketchup so it is always in the house. They love dipping their fries and chicken strips into it, but Darasak and I have always used it in some of their favourite sauces. It’s always fun to play around and make different dipping sauces for kids.
Get Them in the Kitchen!
The girls had so much fun making ketchup dip recipes this weekend. It was a fun activity for them to do and since it requires no cooking, they are free to let their inner chefs shine.
Best of all, they are introduced to new flavours and they brush up on their measuring skills. For me, it’s a win-win all around. Let’s just say, they made a lot of batches and we have plenty stored away in the fridge now.
Needless to say, we won’t be running out anytime soon. Apart from having them make the dips, I love the fact that I can make these affordably. When I head to my local Walmart and choose Great Value products, I’m able to save money and get quality ingredients too- it’s a one-stop shop!
Dip It, Baby!
Kids love to dip and when you present them with choices; they’re more likely to eat what is on their plate. Plus, you are expanding their palates to a world of different spices and flavours, even if they don’t know it! Read on for 4 amazing recipes to help you enjoy ketchup in mind-blowing different ways!
One of our go-to meals is chicken wings. If the girls could live on them, I think they totally would. We decided to shake things up and try a new dipping sauce recipe with an Asian twist. The girls love to dip and I thought I would try this recipe to toss my wings in. Nothing like saucy wings!
Enjoy an Asian Twist!
Authentic Chinese barbecue showcases tender, slow-cooked meats lacquered by a rich, sweet-salty sauce. Making a sauce that is worthy of dipping our wings into, well, it required just a few things.
Really though, the star of this sauce is ketchup and after adding some delicious and affordable Great Value ingredients, the result was Chinese Char-siu BBQ Sauce. This type of sauce works equally well as a dip for appetizers like spring rolls, dumplings or chicken wings.
It’s incredibly easy to make and needless to say, it was a hit. It doesn’t get easier than measuring spices and stirring your way into tantalizing flavours.
Chinese Char-siu BBQ Sauce
- 1 cup Great Value Ketchup
- ½ cup hoisin sauce
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp Great Value Pasteurized White Liquid Honey
- ½ tsp sesame oil
- ½ tsp chili-garlic sauce optional
- ¼ tsp Chinese five-spice powder
- Stir ketchup with hoisin, soy, honey, sesame oil, chili-garlic sauce and five-spice. Keep refrigerated.
Three More Delicious Options!
I promised you three more ways to use ketchup, right? They’re just as delicious as the first one, believe me! The girls loved the Chinese Char-Siu BBQ and I adored the freshness of the Creamy Argentinian Dip. The best part? In less than 5 minutes you have a new dip to spice up any boring meal.
Quatre-épices is a traditional Quebecois seasoning used in both sweet and savoury dishes. It’s a great match with ketchup’s sweet-sour flavour and makes this a perfect condiment to serve with Quebecois tourtière.
In this recipe you’ll use Great Value ketchup, maple syrup and a few familiar and savoury spices. You can see the full recipe, here.
Bloody Caesar Ketchup
Canadians love to drink Bloody Caesars, but the flavour combo is a delicious match for scrambled eggs—or even mac and cheese! This recipe was Darasak’s favourite since he loves Caesars and he made this one EXTRA spicy. Of course, you can choose how spicy you want yours.
Creamy Argentinian Dip
South American cuisine is quickly gaining popularity in the rest of the world. This easy sauce, also called salsa rosada, is commonly served with cooked shrimp, raw veggies or French fries.
Make Your Own!
It’s your turn, now that you have 4 yummy ideas! You can always play around with how sweet, spicy or salty you want them too. Since there is absolutely no cooking involved with these recipes, get the kids involved. They’ll love seeing AND tasting the final product!
How do you like to enjoy your ketchup?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Note: This post is sponsored by Walmart Canada as part of the Walmart Great Value Ketchup program. In exchange for this post, I have received perks in the form of products and/or compensation. All opinions on this blog are my own.
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.