With the recent opener for the baseball season, ball parks around the country are debuting new food items to entice game goers to their stands. Many baseball parks take inspiration from the food at state fairs, often a great source of trending ideas for development chefs. In an anything goes climate, it pays to take note of the food being served in these venues as they appeal to the mainstream flavor-wise with fun and interesting forms.
Miller’s Park: Inside the Park Nachos
Miller’s Park is the home to the Milwaukee Brewers and the Inside the Park Nachos is perfectly named. Not only does it have a catchy tag, it’s an innovative twist on the classic Nachos. Start with a taco meat burger link crusted with Doritos and drizzled with cheese sauce and sour cream. It’s served with a side of salsa. Easy to eat and portable, the dish made its debut this year.
(Photo: Courtesy of Yahoo Sports)
Chase Field: Churro Dog
Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, announced it would start selling this dessert mash-up at the beginning of the 2015 season. For the mere calorie count of 1,117 calories you, too, can enjoy this decadent and over the top dessert. It features a cinnamon churro nestled inside a chocolate glazed Long John. From there, it’s loaded with toppings, including frozen yogurt, caramel and chocolate sauce. It just may be the craziest dessert to show up at a ball park yet.
(Arizona Diamondbacks photo, via Twitter)
New York’s Citi Field: S’Mores Bacon
The New York Mets are serving a mash-up on a stick, consisting of bacon that is coated in chocolate, graham cracker coating and marshmallows. All my favorite foods in one place, I say let me at it!
Fifth Third Ball Park: Pretzel-Breaded Italian Sausage
I can’t help but think this one would be perfect on a stick with some whole-grain mustard. I have to admit, the idea of a pretzel coated sausage excites me. It’s served on a submarine roll and is definitely a new twist on the sausage and hot dog items you typically see at a ballpark.
(Cory Morse | MLive.com)
Houston’s Minute Maid Park: Chicken and Waffle Cone
Houston Astros’ fans can treat themselves to classic chicken and waffles in a convenient cone form. Filled with creamy mashed potatoes and fried chicken, the waffle cone is drizzled with honey mustard.
(Photo Credit: Twitter.com/darrenrovell)
Tampa Bay Tropicana Field: Mac Bat
Here’s another cone idea, but this time it’s a bread cone. Portable and comforting, it combines ground beef, bacon, jalapenos, and creamy mac n’ cheese. I just hope I don’t fall asleep after I eat it.
(Photos courtesy Tampa Bay Rays)
Frawley Stadium: Krispy Kreme Doughnut Hot Dog
At The Wilmington Blue Rocks, the Krispy Kreme Hot Dog is an exclusive. You won’t see it at a Krispy Kreme near you! It’s a Krispy Kreme Bun split, and stuffed with a hot dog, bacon and raspberry jelly.
(Photo courtesy Wilmington Blue Rocks))
Fox Cities Stadium: The Big Mother Funnel Burger
Minor league team, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, has big league taste! Two powdered-sugar dusted funnel cakes sandwich a bacon cheeseburger with all of the fixings. Its dinner and dessert all in one.
Well, I think it’s time to get in the kitchen and whip up some crazy mash-up for dinner. I know I am inspired by these over the top but fun dishes. I hope you are too!