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As promised, here is an opening day menu to bring the ballpark to your house. I tried to be as authentic as I could with each dog. Personally, I would grill any of mine, authentic or not. I was lucky enough to have my friends spoil me with authentic Fenway Franks (grilled) and buns while I was back east. They were as good as I remember them. My all time favorite though is the Italian Sausage with grilled peppers. Here in Colorado you can’t swing a metaphorical cat without hitting a brewery (even our Governor is a former brew master), so we have plenty of great choices for a cold brew. Okay, PLAY BALL!!
On the board today:
Pick Favorite (recipes below):
- Fenway Franks
- Boston Dogs
- New York Dawg
- Italian Sausage w/peppers
- Denver Dogs
- Dodger Dogs (adults only)
Vinegar & Salt chips (if you can find them, Cape Cod chips are excellent)
Raw Vegetable Tray (hey it can’t all be junk food)
- Ice cream in dipped cones
- Cracker Jacks
- Peanuts in shells
- Favorite Ice Cold Brew
The closest I can find to these are to use Ball Park Brand Franks. The secret to these tasty franks is to bring the water to a boil, then add the franks and let them cook until just heated through. If you can find them, authentic Fenway franks are served in white bread sliced rolls (these look like two bun size slices of white bread, joined together at the bottom and sliced open at the top). If not, regular buns will do. Mustard only, please …though I like them plain.
Follow in the instructions above and add hot chili and shredded cheddar.
New York Dawg
Follow the instructions for Fenway Franks and add sauerkraut.
Split your dog lengthwise, but not all the way through. Flatten on hot grill, keep the rack far from the flame, don’t let them burn, flip and grill the other side. Brush rolls with melted butter and a touch of garlic, toast on the grill. Bring bun & dog together, top with relish or spicy brown mustard.
Dodger Dogs (Adults ONLY)
Get a can or bottle of your favorite beer, take your dogs and use a fork to poke holes around the dogs. In a large, shallow bowl, add dogs & beer and let soak 30 minutes. Now, this is a two-step process for authentic dogs, but if you want, you can skip the boiling part. Bring water to a boil, drop dogs in for 3 to 5 minutes, remove and immediately pop onto a hot grill and grill all sides. Serve in warm rolls, top with spicy beer mustard or relish.
Italian Sausage w/Peppers
Spicy Italian sausage or bratwurst grilled or pan-fried. These are thick, so make sure you cook them long enough to cook completely through (follow pkg. directions) Slice a green pepper in rings and sauté in butter & olive oil. Toast regular hot dog bun in skillet or on grill, add sausage and top with peppers.
Ice Cream in Dipped Cones
- 4 waffle cones
- 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 tbsp butter
- 4 oz package chocolate sprinkles
- 1 quart vanilla ice cream
In a double-boiler (or a saucepan with a Pyrex or metal bowl place on top), add water to the bottom and melt chocolate & butter. Dip top of cones into melted chocolate, then dip immediately into sprinkles. Let cool completely, scoop in ice cream and top with remaining sprinkles