Play Ball! We’re well into baseball season, and we’re all watching our favorite teams progress towards hitting .500 -- or for some of us, just waiting for the All-Star Break. Is your favorite team on TV, or you can’t make it to the stadium? You can recreate the ballpark experience right in your own backyard. It’s easy!
Ballpark Nachos: A slow cooker takes these chicken nachos to a new, easy level: combine cooked chicken, black beans, tomatoes, and other delicious ingredients in a slow cooker. Cook on low for 3-4 hours, and you’ll have a great topping for tortilla chips. Add some cheese, if you like, or just enjoy it as is.
Hot Dogs: What’s a ball game without a hot dog? While mustard, relish and onions are classic, we have a fun twist: cheddar, bacon and chili beans make for a chili dog with a twist. This is great for the backyard: Grill the hot dogs, toast the buns, and allow your family to assemble their own.
Burgers: Burgers are another ballpark staple. While beef burgers are classic, black bean burgers are a great alternative that can please meat eaters and vegetarians alike. They don’t need to be the boring frozen ones, either -- you can make them fresh in minutes. Feel free to play around with the spices in the mix: cumin is great, but so is Montreal steak seasoning, chipotle powder, or Italian seasoning! You can really make these your own. Don’t forget your favorite toppings: lettuce, onion, tomato, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, barbecue sauce: so many options to make a delicious burger for baseball season.
Buffalo Wings: Wings are a classic game day dish, and for baseball season, grilling them is easier (and honestly, more delicious) than the deep fried version. Marinating and then grilling adds a ton of flavor, and we love fresh, easy-to-make blue cheese dressing to cool off the hot wings. Try this wing recipe here. I am sure it will become a favorite all year long!
You don’t have to go to the ballpark to get your favorite game foods. Just set up your grill, invite some friends over, and enjoy the ballpark in your backyard with these recipes.