The crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd, the smell of popcorn popping and brats on the grill—ahhhh yes, baseball season is here, and with the Twins Home Opener coming up on Monday, April 12 at Target Field, it’s a great time to be a baseball fan in Minnesota. What food makes you think of the ballpark and cheering for the Twins?
The Classics. Enmeshed between my taste buds and the small “baseball” section of my brain are the traditional classics.
- Dogs and Brats. You’ve got to start with hot dogs and bratwursts—to me, they’re the ultimate ballpark food. And there are so many ways to enjoy them: with ketchup, mustard, onions, relish, plain, with chili … dress up your brat or keep it simple.
- Popcorn. Although regular popcorn and crackerjack are traditional favorites, I’ll take a bag of kettle corn if you please. It’s sweet and salty, crunchy, and addictive …. mmmmm yummy!
- Peanuts. Peanuts in the shell—another traditional ballpark staple. They’re great because you buy a bag from the vendor working the aisles, share it with your friends, and feel no guilt about dropping the shells on the floor.
Minnesota Favorites. Hooray for new food options at the new field! I’m looking forward to trying them out and discovering which ones become my new favorites.
- Wild Rice Soup. I can’t wait for my first Twins game this season, and I’m thrilled that they’ve included wild rice soup on the menu for those chillier game days in the spring and fall.
- Walleye on a Stick. No longer must you wait for the State Fair in August to enjoy walleye on a stick, now you can get it year round. Bonus points because you don’t have to catch it yourself!
- Roasted Corn on the Cob. You can feel healthy eating a vegetable (who cares if it’s considered a starch?) while enjoying its deliciousness.
Regional Standouts. My husband Chad, his brother, and his dad go on a baseball trip every year. He let me know about some of his favorite “on the road” foods and the stadiums of which they remind him.
- Seattle’s garlic fries and clam chowder
- Crab fries in Philadelphia
Aren’t we lucky to have so many foods that can bring America’s favorite sport to mind? Until we get to our first Twins game of the year, we can always turn on the televised game, grill up some brats, and cheer the team on to their next big win.
*April is National Youth Sport Safety Month