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Can you believe how close we are to the big game this year? I mean, it’s been a pretty exciting year, and as it approaches, it’s time to start planning the menu… and I have a great idea for you. If you’re permanently busy (like I know most of us are), these simple recipes that are semi-homemade are going to be right up your alley. We all know that Red Baron pizza has crust perfection in every bite, but these dips are bringing next-level kind of game to your party! With little effort, you’ll have a spicy sriracha marinara, a sweet-and-savory honey alfredo, and a classic ranch for dipping your pizza in, plus I’ve got a suggestion to make serving it a SNAP!
To start, you’ll want to prep your dipping sauces a few hours before your big game party, or the night before. It gives time for the flavors to mesh really, really well.
I don’t know about you, but I adore sriracha… I use it in almost everything. And to be honest, it’s incredibly popular right now. Is there anyone who doesn’t love the spicy treat? I use it on everything from my ribs to, occasionally, my morning smoothie, so making a pizza dipping sauce that uses sriracha just seems right (especially since sriracha has garlic, which fits perfectly with Italian food, no?) To make this simple sriracha marinara for dipping your pizza in, just grab 2 cups of your favorite marinara sauce, and add 1/4 cup of your favorite kind of sriracha. Stir the two together, seal in a container, and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight to allow flavors to develop. This one is definitely a sauce with a kick, so be careful and warn anyone who might be spice-averse… it looks like harmless marinara, but it packs a punch! Love spice? This recipe is flexible– you can add a little more sriracha, or you can take it down a notch by reducing the sriracha by half.
Have you heard about the recent trend for putting honey on pizza? The idea is that the honey brings out the best in pizza– the savory flavors of the meats, cheeses, and vegetables, and the sweetness of the crust. It’s a delicious combination, and after trying a drizzle of honey on my pizza, I was hooked for sure. To make this dipping sauce, you’ll want to pour 1/8 cup of honey into 2 cups of your favorite Alfredo sauce. Give them a good stir. Remember, this is supposed to be subtly sweet, with just a hint of the delicious honey in it.
Look at that artful swirl– this sauce is just so pretty as you mix it! Go ahead and pop this one in the fridge, too, again for about 2 hours or overnight.
Ranch dressing may just be one of those things that’s near and dear to my midwest heart. Growing up in Kansas, there was always that group of kids that had to put ranch dressing on their pizza, and literally everything else they ate. In college, we couldn’t order pizza without asking for a side of ranch, or someone going to their dorm fridge to get ranch out for the pizza… it’s just one of those things that midwesterners so often do. To make a simple ranch pizza dip, go ahead and start with 1 cup of milk and 1/2 cup of mayonnaise (you’ll want the real deal for this one, not a mayo-like substance). Also add in a block of softened cream cheese.
Next, it’s time for the herbs. You’ll want 2 Tablespoons of onion powder, a half teaspoon of garlic powder, 2 Tablespoons of dried parsley, 1/2 teaspoon of dill weed, and finally, a teaspoon of salt. Give it a good mix, put the lid on, and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
While you wait for your sauces flavor to mesh nicely, head over to Walmart and pick up some Red Baron Pizza. I particularly love the Red Baron Brick Oven Cheese Trio, probably because my son and I are big cheese lovers. But really, you can’t go wrong with picking your favorite, like the Red Baron Classic Crust Sausage & Pepperoni. There are a ton of great options in the Pizza section of your local Walmart. And, just across the aisle in the frozen desserts, you’ll find a whole selection of Edwards pies.
Just thaw your Edward’s pie in the refrigerator according to package directions (leftovers will stay fresh in the fridge for a few days– check out the package label for information on how long to keep it in the fridge and how long to pull it out of the freezer before serving) as you wait for party time. When you’re ready to party, pull your Red Baron pizzas out of the freezer, and bake them according to package directions.
The best way to serve sauces for a party is to present them in single-serve containers. I’d definitely put a “Caution! Spicy!” sign by the Sriracha Marinara dip, but otherwise, having a single-serve option allows your guests to grab the sauce (or sauces) they want to try, and if they double-dip, it’s totally okay! They’ve got their own personal sauce.
To serve the pizza, cut it into dippable strips instead of slices for easy eating and dipping. I served my guests with hot dog boats– they’re the perfect way to make sure everyone can carry their pizza in to watch the big game, and still have their dips on hand!
Using Red Baron pizzas and Edwards pies is a great, convenient option for serving your guests, which means zero effort– these items, plus a fruit or veggie tray, will give your guests everything they need without any work! Plus, since two of these sauces are only 2 ingredients, and one is mostly spices you probably have on hand, it’s a great way to make sure your guests are entertained and well-fed at your next big game party!
Which Red Baron Pizza would you pair with which dip? Let me know in the comments below! And don’t forget to visit the Tailgate At Your Place site to find out how YOU could win some really sweet prizes!