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Nothing says Game Day to me more than a tray full of potato wedges. Game Day is as much about the food and company as it is about the actual football! And this year, I’ve created a dipping sauce that is as heated as the Game we’ll be tuning into on January 1st. Starring RO*TEL® Original Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies, this piri piri style dip is a fiery bowl of flavor that can be used in a multitude of ways.
While my personal favorite is spiced fries, the piri piri dip can be used as a rub for chicken wings, a dip for regular chips, a spread on cheesy garlic bread and as a layer in lasagna! Yep, it’s multifaceted incredible!
The cool thing about this piri piri dip is that it tastes super fancy (like you’ve put a lot of time and effort into it) but takes less than 15 minutes to make once you’ve got all the ingredients set out. All you need is a good food processor/blender, and a saucepan for simmering! Easy clean up, too. RO*TEL® makes it super easy and eliminates the need for slicing and dicing a million tomatoes!
This combination of the spiced fries and dip will be at the heart of your Game Day table, and disappear the fastest. I bought all my ingredients at Walmart! The cans of RO*TEL® Original Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies were stocked in the Pasta and Soup aisle!
Prepping the potatoes takes a little longer. I didn’t want to deep fry the wedges, so the trick was to soak the uncooked potato wedges in ice water for at least an hour. It brings the starches to the surface and they bake much more crisply in the oven. I prepared 4-5 cones out of brown parchment paper to stuff with wedges. In my experience, one person (me) boggarts more than their share of wedges. This is a way to mitigate that risk. For even more RO*TEL® recipe inspiration, click here.
So what is ‘piri piri’ anyways? Attributed to Portuguese cuisine, piri piri sauce is usually used as a marinade for poultry. Portuguese settlers brought the preparation to colonies in Africa where they then added African Bird Eye Chillies, and was named ‘piri piri’, meaning ‘pepper pepper’ in Swahili. Fire up the TV, and your mouth – you’re in for an entertaining Game day!
There’s nothing better than eating large quantities of food while watching people being active on a screen. Make it more special with RO*TEL® Original Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies and this incredible piri piri dipping sauce!
Happy cooking friends, and don’t forget to tag R&M Cooks (@randmcooks) on Instagram if you try this recipe and love it!
A perfect Game Day combination; piri piri dipping sauce and spiced potato wedges.
- 4 russet potatoes, washed and cut into wedges
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil + 1 tablespoon
- 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 cans RO*TEL® Original Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies
- 1/2 roasted red pepper
- 4-5 African Bird Eye chilies
- 1/2 of a red onion
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- juice of one lemon
- 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/4 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon of crushed bay leaves
- 1/2 tablespoon smoked paprika
- salt and pepper, to taste
- oregano, to garnish
- Wash and cut the potatoes into wedges. Submerge the wedges in a bowl of ice water for at least an hour.
- Drain and pat dry with a paper towel. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
- Toss the wedges with 1 tablespoon of oil, and the spices reserved for the wedges. Pour oil (equally divided) into two large baking sheets with lips. Place the wedges in a single layer on the baking sheets.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and use a spatula to flip. Bake for another ten minutes and repeat. Bake for another 20-25 minutes. Keep an eye on them to make sure they're browning evenly and not burning. Remove when the wedges are golden brown.
- In a food processor, blend all the ingredients together.
- Pour into a large saucepan over medium high heat and simmer while stirring.
- Garnish with fresh oregano, if desired.