The most dreaded question that gets asked many days around our house is, “What’s for dinner?” Keeping everyone happy at dinnertime can be tough, so we were super excited when Ore-Ida sponsored this post and challenged us to Find Our Bold! Our 14-year-old loves bold flavors and a little bit of spice – but our 8-year-old can’t stand too much heat, so what is a parent to do? Around our house, there is a fine line between “this is too hot” and “where’s the flavor?”, so we turned dinner recipe selection into something bolder with Ore-Ida® Bold & Crispy fries!
There are several flavors to choose from, including Garlic & Pepper Steakhouse Fries, Smoky BBQ Oven Chips, Spicy Sriracha fries, and Zesties®, which is what we tried! I also paired it with an awesome dip I whipped up, but more on that shortly. With Zesties® fries we had all of the bold taste and NONE of the whining! I paired Zesties with some beautiful ribeye steaks that I seasoned with sea salt, black pepper, and garlic powder.
So to go with our Zesties and steak, I whipped up a quick little dip – Buffalo Chicken Wing Fry Dip. This is so easy, you won’t even believe it! You take 1/2 cup of mayo (real, not Miracle Whip), 4 tablespoons of ketchup, 1 1/2 teaspoons of white vinegar, and around 1/2 teaspoon of Frank’s Red Hot hot sauce. The great thing about this recipe is that you can make it as spicy as you want – just keep adding Frank’s until it gets to your desired heat level. I gave my younger daughter a portion that was less bold, but spiced up a bowl for my teenager!
In addition to spicing up the dinner table’s food with Ore-Ida® Bold & Crispy fries, Ore-Ida challenged us to spice up our dinner conversation. As our kids grow and adopt progressively more hectic schedules and after-school activities, family dinners together have become increasingly important. Did you know that there have been loads of studies that tell us that time spent as a family around the dinner table is positively related to happier, healthier kids? Oftentimes dinner is the longest period of uninterrupted time we have with our children, and what better way to make the most out of that time than to serve something with loads of flavor and super-easy prep time? Especially if you know you’re going to get genuine smiles from a teenager..
Our topics during Ore-Ida Bold & Crispy night ranged from the serious (grades and who likes whom) to the absurd (as our 8-year-old sang an Ode to Fries!), but the Bold and Crispy flavor was a hit, even if the Ode to Fries might not be. Ore-Ida also has some cool table topics to help with your table conversation as well…check them all out on Pinterest!
Take some time to #FindYourBold with your family tonight, and Ore-Ida has a coupon for a $1.00 off to try Ore-Ida® Bold & Crispy fries with your family.
What is your favorite way to get your teenager talking? Share your tips and stories with us by leaving a comment!
* This post was sponsored by Ore-Ida® Bold & Crispy fries – we received a promotional item in exchange for our honest opinion.