It’s human nature—sometimes you just want ketchup and the vehicle for said tomato-y goodness doesn’t matter as long as you get lost in the sauce. That being said, the sauce can also be heightened by the crispetty, crunchetty vehicle it adorns, and we want you, the reader, to have the most heightened ketchup experiences you could possibly have. Ketchupped to the gods, if you will. The next time you have a bottle of Hunts or Heinz in the fridge that’s about to go bad, here are Sporked‘s ideas for what to eat with ketchup.
- Lamb Weston Grown in Idaho Hand Cut Style Fries
I mean, duh. They’re fries. Ketchup’s canonical soul mate. And these specific fries are “golden and delicious, well seasoned, crispy, and fatty,” according to Sporked contributor Danny Palumbo. There’s not much else to say, this combo is as classic as that one song by MKTO.
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- Fast Fixin’ Chicken Breast Nuggets
Speaking of classic combos, what better pairing for sweet, sweet ketchup than sweet, sweet nuggs?! And these chicken nuggets are not only one of the best foods to dip in ketchup, they are also, simply put, utterly divine. These are great with sauce but are so good they (*le gasp*) might not even need it. Why? Because according to Sporked senior writer Jordan Myrick, the coating is properly seasoned and the meat has “a rich, savory ‘chicken juice’ sort of flavor.” These suckers are savory to the max. Try them with some ketchup and on that day your tastebuds shall rejoice.
- Impossible Plant-Based Chicken Nuggets
What’s this?! It’s vegan nuggs!! These vegan chicken nuggets taste so much like real chicken nuggets they had Jordan noting that it is “wild how good and chickeny the Impossible Nuggets are.” These are “noticeably juicier” than other vegan nuggets, taste like actual, flavorful, dark meat chicken, and are seriously good doused in the glorious elixir that is ketchup.
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- Great Value Shredded Seasoned Potato Hash Brown Patties
Ketchup is certainly not just a snack-time or dinner-time affair—ketchup is for always and everywhere. This includes breakfast, and these hash browns from Great Value with some good tangy-sweet ketchup are about to Make. Your. Whole. Damn. Day. Jordan even went as far as to say, “This is what you should be eating. All other forms of frozen hash browns are inferior.” And I trust them implicitly, so I will be buying these over other hash browns to go with my ketchup from now on.
- Ore-Ida Extra Crispy Tater Tots
Tots ‘n’ ketchup. Truly an iconic combo for breakfast or literally whenever. Tots don’t have a time frame. They are an around the clock food and I will fight anyone who says otherwise (nothing violent, just not sharing my tots with them as an act of not-so-peaceful protest). And because tots truly are one of the best foods to dip in ketchup, we figured we’d tell you about our favorite tots. These extra crispy ones from Ore-Ida are, according to managing editor Gwynedd Stuart, “extremely crispy (as advertised), and that crackly coating gives way to a hot, creamy potato center that contributes a convincing freshly fried feel.” In other words, these are great, get them and then eat them with your ketchup and then love life just a liiiittle bit more.
- Just Egg Plant-Based Scramble
Lastly, scrambled eggs (or vegan scramble, rather). I know this is polarizing. I happen to love slathering ketchup on scrambled eggs (vegan or otherwise). My dad sees me do this and thinks I am a heathen. But no matter what camp you fall into in the age-old “ketchup on eggs” debate, know this: you are cool, you matter, you can in fact pull off aviator sunglasses if you want to, and you are entitled to eat your scramble with as much or as little ketchup as you like. Either way, this scramble from JUST Egg is just amazing. Sporked editor-in-chief Justine Sterling said JUST Egg “looks convincingly like eggs—soft and yellow. And it tastes like reconstituted powdered eggs (in a good way).” I’m sold, and to be honest, I put so much ketchup on my eggs that I probably couldn’t even tell the difference anyway.