How to Make Your Favorite Ballpark Snacks at Home
There’s a reason that peanuts and Cracker Jacks are a prominent part of the popular song “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”; when you go to the stadium to watch your favorite team, the only thing better than the baseball itself is the food. If you’re watching the game at home, you don’t have to miss out on all of your favorite stadium eats— we’ve got recipes for some of the most iconic and beloved ballpark snacks so that you can make them yourself.
Admittedly, one of the best parts of all that ballpark snacking is that you don’t have to make the food yourself, but lots of ballpark snacks can actually be made in advance and stored in air-tight containers overnight. If you have a little extra time the day before the baseball game, you can easily whip up a batch of soft pretzels (which just need a quick reheat the next day) or some homemade pickle relish to slather on your grilled hot dogs while you watch the game. Everything from homemade ice cream sandwiches to roasted nut mixes are great ballpark-inspired, make-ahead treats — and they’ll make watching the game at home even more enjoyable.
Spend 30 minutes or so cooking the day before the game and then the only thing left to do before your team takes the field the next day is to find your team jersey or T-shirt, fire up the grill, make some hot dogs and hamburgers, and pour yourself the ice-cold, oversized beverage of your choice.
If you’re not sure where to start, try one of these nine recipes for some of most popular ballpark snacks of all time. They’re guaranteed to turn any living room into your new favorite stadium!
Need help making the perfect juicy ballpark burger patty? This recipe combines onion, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce for lots of flavor.
Cheesy Chili Nachos
No one will know these chili- and cheese-topped nachos are better for you than the ones you’ll eat at the ballpark; they use lean ground turkey instead of beef, but they’re still loaded with spicy, meaty chili.
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.