Throwing a French fry party might sound hard, but it’s actually pretty easy. You can bake frozen fries in the oven or cook in a deep fryer, and if you have more time, you can even make those fries from scratch. Giving your guests plenty of dipping sauces to choose from ensures that they leave happy and with full bellies. These dipping sauces are also great for serving with fries you make for your family, and you can even use those sauces with fries from your favorite restaurant. Check out the ultimate dipping sauces that will elevate your fries.
Sweet and Spicy Mayonnaise Sauce
Mayonnaise is a common dipping sauce for the French fries served in Europe. There is something about the creamy and slightly sweet taste of the mayo that pairs nicely with the hot and salty flavor of the fries. When serving fries made from sweet potatoes, make your own sweet and spicy mayonnaise sauce. Mix ½ cup of mayonnaise with ½ cup ground brown mustard. Add two tablespoons of maple syrup before tasting. You can add a little more maple syrup to make the dipping sauce a little sweeter. Try adding a little black pepper to give the sauce more punch.
Curried Yogurt Sauce
If you like the kick of curry, you’ll love this sauce. It’s easy to make and tastes so delicious that you might want to use it as a dipping sauce for vegetables or chicken tenders. Combine ¾ cup Greek unflavored yogurt with three teaspoons curry powder and one teaspoon of lemon juice. Add one teaspoon garlic powder and a dash of black pepper. You can also add a dash of your favorite hot sauce. The longer this sauce sits, the more the flavors will meld together.
Honey Mustard Sauce
Honey mustard is the perfect combination of sweet and savory. While you can buy packaged sauces and dressings from your grocery store, those products often contain a lot of added sugar. Making your own is so easy that you might keep a bottle on hand for the salads you eat every week. Mix one cup of mayonnaise with one cup of ground brown mustard. Add three tablespoons of fresh lemon juice, a dash of black pepper and four tablespoons of honey. Depending on how sweet or spicy you want your dipping sauce, you may add more honey or some chili flakes.
Caribbean Jerk Ketchup
Ketchup is such a classic condiment that you can find recipes for it online at sites like the Food Network’s website or Hampton Creek’s YouTube. With a simple bottle of your favorite ketchup and some extra ingredients, you can make your own Caribbean jerk ketchup. Measure out one cup of ketchup into a large bowl. Add two tablespoons of a jerk seasoning mix, one tablespoon of fresh or canned pineapple juice and ¼ cup lime juice. If you want an even sweeter dipping sauce, add a little more lime juice and a little more pineapple juice.
Peach ketchup is a little harder to make, but it has a taste that everyone will love. You can whip up this recipe from scratch in about an hour. Cook two chopped onions in one tablespoon of cooking oil over low heat until translucent. Add two tablespoons of chopped garlic and cook for five more minutes. Add two bags of frozen peaches, a dash of black pepper, ½ cup light brown sugar, ½ cup apple cider vinegar and a dash of salt. Cook over low heat until the peaches break apart and the mixture becomes the consistency of ketchup. You may need to run the mixture through your blender once it cools for a thinner texture.
If you like the idea of a fruity ketchup but don’t have the time to make one from scratch, you can use this simple recipe instead. This raspberry ketchup uses ingredients you may already have in your refrigerator or pantry. Combine one cup of store bought ketchup with one tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and ¼ raspberry jam. Make sure you use seedless jam to avoid getting the seeds caught in your teeth. You can mix this dipping sauce by hand or in your blender.
“Homemade” Barbecue Sauce
Making barbecue sauce from scratch can take an hour or more. This recipe lets you doctor up a bottle of sauce that you get from the store. As many of these sauces have a high amount of sugar or corn syrup, those sauces can take away from the delicious flavor of your French fries. Counteract that sweetness with the addition of apple cider vinegar. Mix one cup of barbecue sauce with ¼ cup apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon of hot sauce. One teaspoon of garlic powder and/or paprika gives that sauce even more flavor.
French fries are one of the few foods that appeal equally to both adults and kids. Whether you serve store bought fries, homemade fries or fries from your favorite restaurant, make one of these dipping sauces to take those fries to the next level of deliciousness.