Food Porn Friday – Major League Baseball Opening Weekend

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The 2011 Major League Baseball season has begun! If you’re able to get to a game and have anything (or perhaps everything) in the food pyramid, enjoy the game, food and atmosphere.

If you’re not able to go to a game, here’s some recipes from Allrecipes.com to help you enjoy the experience at home.

To start the festivities…the late Hall of Fame baseball announcer Harry Caray singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”.

What is a ballgame without ballpark franks. This Chicago-Style Hot Dog recipe is based on the Chicago Dog which is always made with an all-beef frank and a poppyseed hot dog bun.

Chicago-Style Hot Dog

Prep Time:
10 Min
Cook Time:
5 Min
Ready In:
15 Min

Ingredients

  • 1 all-beef hot dog
  • 1 poppyseed hot dog bun
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon sweet green pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon chopped onion
  • 4 tomato wedges
  • 1 dill pickle spear
  • 2 sport peppers
  • 1 dash celery salt

Directions

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Reduce heat to low, place hot dog in water, and cook 5 minutes or until done. Remove hot dog and set aside. Carefully place a steamer basket into the pot and steam the hot dog bun 2 minutes or until warm.
  2. Place hot dog in the steamed bun. Pile on the toppings in this order: yellow mustard, sweet green pickle relish, onion, tomato wedges, pickle spear, sport peppers, and celery salt. The tomatoes should be nestled between the hot dog and the top of the bun. Place the pickle between the hot dog and the bottom of the bun. Don’t even think about ketchup!

Snack time always has time for some soft pretzels.

Buttery Soft Pretzels

Prep Time:
2 Hrs
Cook Time:
10 Min
Ready In:
2 Hrs 20 Min

Ingredients

  • 4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 4 cups hot water
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt, for topping

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt. Make a well in the center; add the oil and yeast mixture. Mix and form into a dough. If the mixture is dry, add one or two tablespoons of water. Knead the dough until smooth, about 7 to 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). In a large bowl, dissolve baking soda in hot water.
  4. When risen, turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a rope and twist into a pretzel shape. Once all of the dough is all shaped, dip each pretzel into the baking soda solution and place on a greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with kosher salt.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 8 minutes, until browned.

Do you want an easy recipe for nachos? Here’s a three ingredient cheese dip recipe for Turkey Nachos.

Turkey Nachos

Prep Time:
10 Min
Ready In:
10 Min

Ingredients

  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cheddar cheese soup, undiluted
  • 3/4 cup salsa
  • 1 cup cubed cooked turkey or chicken
  • Tortilla chips

Directions

  1. Combine soup and salsa in a saucepan or microwave-safe bowl. Stir in turkey; cook until heated through. Serve warm with tortilla chips.

Here’s a quick popcorn recipe with pecans and almonds to snack on while watching the game.

Pop Fly Popcorn

Prep Time:
10 Min
Cook Time:
10 Min
Ready In:
20 Min

Ingredients

  • 10 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter (no substitutes)
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine popcorn and nuts; set aside. In a large saucepan, bring sugar, butter and corn syrup to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat; add vanilla, cream of tartar and baking soda. Drizzle over popcorn mixture; stir to coat. Immediately spread onto two greased baking sheets; let dry for about 1 hour. Store in an airtight container.

One more baseball song for you. When I would be listening to the radio in February and hear the song Centerfield by John Fogerty, I knew spring and opening day were not too far away. My cabin fever would always start to melt away before the song was finished.

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2 comments

  1. Thanks for the openning day food! I’m a fried hot dog person myself, but then that’s one of the dog debates: boiled or fried/grilled!
    I was a Montreal Expos fan; now I’m a Mets fan (living in the NYC area). My husband is a Yankees fan from the days of Mickey Mantle.
    Never been to a major league ball game — Yankee tickets cost more than my meds! but have been to various levels of non-progames. We’ve sat in on games as we travelled, stopped our walk to watch t-ball tots (probably the most fun) play with their parents in the in and outfield. I’ve sat with fingers crossed while the Toronto Blue Jays were on the top of their game.
    As I’ve blogged elsewhere, my Dad was a big baseball fan, and every world series, I miss him. He died before the Blue Jay’s wins, but I’m sure he knew they had finally done it; brought the world series trophy and rings to Canada.
    Take me out to the ballgame, even if there’s still snow in the stands! That’s a real Canadian: watching hockey and baseball at the same time! 😉

    1. I used to watch baseball with my mom on Saturday afternoons when I was growing up. When the cable company got the feed from the Detroit stations my mom got right into it. She even somehow managed to get my dad to take her to Minneapolis after they retired so she could see Reggie Jackson play.

      I worked for a company years and years ago that had their head office in Toronto and had their own box suite. Each year, around 10 people in our office would be picked to go, a bus was rented and off we went so we could see a weekend afternoon game. It was a long day because it’s an almost 5 hour drive to Toronto but we had fun. Everything was paid for except any extras we may want. They even arranged for 2 of the players to come up and sign baseballs for us. Had them do it for my mom and she was thrilled.

      But, I have to agree with you, watching the tots play is the best, no matter the game. It’s all fun for them at that point.

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