Take Me Out To The Ball Game
With spring comes baseball and softball seasons, and ballpark food. Our middle daughters are playing high school softball. And the youngest daughter mentioned just how be nice it would be to have peanuts at a recent game. Roasted peanuts, sausage and peppers, along with nachos are my favorite ballpark foods.
Several years ago when four of my children were playing baseball and softball at a local YMCA, we’d buy loads of roasted peanuts. Eventually, they stopped selling peanuts, and we missed them terribly. Since then, I caught an episode of Paula Deen making boiled peanuts. Of course we had to try them. Before then we’d only had them roasted. Surprisingly, my children loved them.
We’ve since experimented by drying them in the oven after boiling, and adding seafood boil seasoning. Be careful, the more seasoning added, the spicier it will be.
Instead of peanuts, hot dogs, and popcorn ballpark fare can be culinary experience enjoyed at home, any time of the year. The following are a few recipes to make it happen.
Shrimp Tacos - I love tacos, and it took me forever to try fish tacos. For some reason I was really afraid, maybe because I enjoyed it so much the traditional way. Shrimp is one of my favorite foods, combining the two is pure genius!
Popcorn - Who says popcorn has to be one flavor… butter. There’s a whole frontier of popcorn out there, waiting to be explored! There are savory, like hot mustard, garlic and Parmesan, and Cajun; and of course sweet such as candy coated, glazed yogurt, and one of my kids favorites, gelatin flavored. I’ve only scratched the surface!
Grilled corn-on-the-cob - Regular corn-on-the-cob sitting on a plate is no fun, putting it on a stick makes it better, and grilling it makes it delicious!
Crab Fries - A restaurant in Philly is known for crab fries. Surprisingly, there is no actual crab meat in this dish. Simply prepare fries, top with Old Bay seasoning, and serve with a cheese dipping sauce.
What’s your favorite ballpark food?
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