Recipe roundup: Ballpark classics you can make at home
Missing all the perks of a live action baseball game? With these WW ballpark favourites you can enjoy a home run and a hot dog (or any other type of traditional stadium offering) all in the comfort of your own home.
Popcorn, pretzels, and other snacks
For a more authentic ballpark experience, serve popcorn and other loose snack mixes in small paper bags or reusable popcorn buckets. Provide traditional condiments for soft pretzels, yellow and honey mustard or pizza sauce are always a hit, or try making your own dipping sauce using one of the recipes below.
Hotdogs and hamburgers
No outdoor grill? No problem! You can use a broiler, cast iron pan or stovetop grill to create perfect char marks on these pitch perfect hotdogs and hamburgers. If you’re making burgers from scratch, feel free to double the recipe and freeze the extras for future ball games and other warm weather activities.
Chicken wings, sausages, and tenders
For extra-moist chicken tenders, marinate the raw chicken in fat free buttermilk or plain yogurt thinned with a small amount of water for 30 minutes before proceeding with the recipe. Leftover chicken sausage can be used to make extra sandwiches for up to three days, serve cold or sliced thinly and browned or grilled on each side.
Signature ballpark classics
For souvlaki recipes, prep all of the ingredients (with the exception of the meat, which should be cooked right before serving) up to a day in advance and store in resealable containers. Instead of cooking an entire lobster, check out your local fish counter to see if they stock pre-cooked lobster meat. If you can’t find lobster, pre-cooked crab tends to be more readily available as well as being more cost effective. Similarly, for the crispy fish sandwiches, haddock and tilapia are excellent substitutions if cod isn’t available.
The secret to easy ice cream sandwiches? Giving the ice cream a few minutes to partially thaw out at room temperature before spreading it over the cookies. Once the sandwiches have been assembled, the ice cream sides can be lightly rolled in your choice of sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, crushed graham crackers or chocolate wafers. Save your ripe bananas for homemade nice cream, the end result will be naturally sweet without the use of added sugar.