By Kristie Collado
The Daily Meal
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.
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How To Make Favorite Ballpark Snacks At Home
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.
Making cotton candy requires a little bit of work, but it will be worth it when you’re enjoying this ballpark favorite in the comfort of your own home.
Cracker Jack-Style Popcorn
An easy way to make a sweet and salty popcorn and nut mix? Make a quick stove-top syrup using butter and maple syrup and then pour it over popcorn and pecans.
Hot Dogs with Sweet Pickle Relish
You can’t enjoy a ballpark-style hot dog without the right toppings -- and sweet pickle relish is definitely one of those them. Make your own the day before; it will be way more delicious than anything you can buy in the store.
The great thing about DIY potato chips is that you can enjoy this salty, crunchy snack without all the preservatives and added colors or flavors. All you need to make addictively crispy and delicious potato chips is potatoes, salt and oil.
These beer-infused soft pretzels are a total home run. Serve them with spicy mustard or a cheesy dipping sauce for the perfect snack.