Ever wonder why Babe Ruth ate hot dogs in the Yankee’s dugout? Probably because they were just too good to turn down. I am a chef who likes to travel to various major league ballparks to take in the food and culture. Every opening day I cook up a spread of my favorite ballpark foods for my family. Here are a few easy recipes you can try at home that will leave your family screaming for more.
Italian Beef Sandwich
This is a crock pot recipe so it cooks very slowly. Expect about a ten hour wait for this little delicacy. I picked this up in Chicago a few summers ago when I was at a Cubs game with my wife. It may take a whole but it’s extremely simple and absolutely delicious.
Primanti Brothers style sandwich
Primanti Brothers has been a Pittsburgh institution since 1933. The Primanti Sandwich is a corned beef sandwich served on soft Chicago bread with coleslaw and French fries on top. Primanti Brothers won’t give out their secret coleslaw recipe but if you can even get close this sandwich is a homerun.
Philly Cheese steak
Philadelphia holds the crown when it comes to cheese steaks. The secret to a good cheesecake is to avoid shortcuts. Buy fresh bread rolls, don’t use frozen steak and use fresh vegetables. The great thing about these sandwiches is they can be tailored to fit anyone’s taste buds. Most recipes call for Provolone cheese. If you want to try something authentic, try the sandwich with Cheese Wiz instead. Sounds strange, but I’ve had one in Philly and they’re amazing.
Hot Dog Cook off
Challenge your family or guests to create the best hot dog. The variations on ballpark hotdogs are as extensive as the variations of how to throw a curve-ball. From the brand and length of the frank to what size bun you try to put it on. Some of my favorite variations are deep fried and bacon wrapped hot dogs. Be creative, make some mango salsa and slice an avocado. The possibilities are endless.
BBQ stuffed baked potato
This is something Huston Astros fans are quite familiar with, and yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Hollow out a potato that’s already baked, stuff it with your favorite beef or port BBQ and favorite cheese, then top it will onions and jalapeno peppers for a final touch. It’s a messy monster of a dish but it is a sure fire hit for any party.
These recipes have been in my families opening day rotation for a number of years now. Every year we’ll try a couple new things but these are the perennial all-stars that make it back to the plate year after year.