The game might be hundreds of miles away, but the action is a few feet from your sofa. Make every game a home-game and avoid those $15 sandwiches and plastic cups of Bud Light for $8.75. Fortunately, you can make better food (and drink better beer) at home to enjoy while you watch your favorites play ball. If you are going to the ball park, try our prime picks of food that doesn’t suck at America’s top ballparks. And use these awesome apps for baseball fans. Pick something from each of our food categories — savory, snacks, and sweets — and chow down as you cheer for your team from the comfort of your couch.
1. Mario Batali’s Fried Grouper Sandwich
This is an especially good sandwich to make for anyone rooting for teams or living in towns hugging the Gulf Coast where fried grouper is a mainstay. Get Mario Batali’s Fried Grouper Sandwich recipe.
2. Spicy Meatloaf Sandwich
This is one of those unsexy foods that we love. It’s comfort food, made even more comfortable between soft slices of bread. Get our Spicy Meatloaf Sandwich recipe.
3. Grilled Vegetable Sandwich with Egg Salad and Bacon
When spring vegetables start popping up, grill them, and make a sandwich with Egg Salad Gribiche and bacon. How can that be bad? Get our Grilled Vegetable Sandwich with Egg Salad and Bacon recipe.
4. Oven-Fried Buttermilk Chicken
This is the kind of down-home food when you’re watching your home team play ball. Spiced with cayenne, paprika, garlic, and with the crunch of a cornflake breading, this is a great recipe to have in your game plan. Get our Oven-Fried Buttermilk Chicken recipe.
5. Italian Deli Blowout Sandwich
Now this is a sandwich to top all other sandwiches. Piled high with flavorful meats and fresh pats of creamy mozzarella and artichokes, it’s a keeper. Get our Italian Deli Blowout Sandwich recipe.
6. Pork and Pâté Vietnamese Sandwich (Banh Mi)
The pork may require a simmer water-based spicy marinade for at least 12 hours before it’s roasted, but the shredded carrots get a quick pickling. There’s a handy trick with the baguette to make sure all the food stays inside the sandwich. Get our Pork and Pâté Vietnamese Sandwich (Banh Mi) recipe.
7. Vinegar and Spice Oven-Baked Ribs
The tang from the apple cider vinegar and lemon zest brighten the brown sugar, garlic, paprika spice blend that makes these ribs finger-licking good. Get our Vinegar and Spice Oven-Baked Ribs recipe.
1. Baked Gouda with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto
Gooey, melty gouda is devastatingly wonderful in itself, but add the savory, garlicky pesto spread and wrap it all in flaky crescent dough, and we’ll all just die of delight. Get our Baked Gouda with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto recipe.
2. Sweet Potato Fries
Snack on these sweet-salty French fries, spiced with garlic, paprika, and chili powder. See how cornstarch can give your fries that coating you wonder about at restaurants. Get our Sweet Potato Fries recipe.
3. Chile-Lime Peanuts
Much better than just a can of store-bought peanuts, these homemade nuggets of flavor are roasted with crushed dried arbol chiles, garlic, salt, sugar, lime zest, and peanut oil. Get our Chile-Lime Peanuts recipe.
4. Easy Kettle Corn
Did you know you can make popcorn with just a pot on the stove? No need to buy those microwave bags of popcorn, which have tons of hidden chemicals. Some salt, sugar, and a little oil are all you need for this fair staple. Get our Easy Kettle Corn recipe.
5. Soft Pretzel Rolls
Almost every baseball park has soft pretzels. Make them at home, in roll or pretzel form. You’ll want a good mustard for this too. Maybe make a slider-sized burgers for inside the rolls. Get our Soft Pretzel Rolls recipe.
6. Honey-Mustard Snack Mix
Bagel chips, pretzel sticks, and sesame sticks are in the ingredient list, but you could use whatever little salty, crunchy carb bombs you want or can find at the grocery store. They’ll hall be good dusted with salt, mustard powder, honey, and butter. Get our Honey-Mustard Snack Mix recipe.
7. Caramelized Onion Dip
You may have grown up with that French onion dip from the packet, but we’re adults now. Plus, caramelized onions are the best ever. Get our Caramelized Onion Dip recipe.
8. Spicy Cereal and Nut Mix
There’s actually a lot to this crunchtastic snack mix. Two kinds of cereal, usually Chex or generic versions of Chex, and honey-wheat pretzel sticks are the start. And spices like Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, garlic and dry mustard powders make you want to keep shoving it in by the mouthful. Get our Spicy Cereal and Nut Mix recipe.
1. Strawberry Shortcake Milkshakes
Four ingredients are all you need to make this dream come true. It’s as American as baseball, and just might soothe your nerves after your player strikes out. Get our Strawberry Shortcake Milkshakes recipe.
2. Do-Si-Do Cookies
Make larger versions of that Girl Scouts classic, the peanut butter and oatmeal sandwich cookie. There’s a little nutrition (fiber and protein) in there too. Get our Do-Si-Do Cookies recipe.
3. Marble Cheesecake Bars
If making a cheesecake is too labor-intensive or fancy for a game-day spread, make finger food instead. This has all the ingredients you love in a chocolate cheesecake, in bar form. Get our Marble Cheesecake Bars recipe.
4. Little Ditsy Cream Pies
These chewy oatmeal cookies with vanilla cream inside are like the homemade, and therefore better, version of those Little Debbie sandwich cookies. Try the real deal. Get our Little Ditsy Cream Pies recipe.
5. Rocky Road Bars
Chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, and almonds form the trio of dessert delight in this dessert bar. It’s a casual, chunky, gooey choice ideal for eating while watching baseball. Get our Rocky Road Bars recipe.
6. Double Marshmallow Puffed Rice Treats
Use Rice Krispies or another brand of puffed rice cereal and make this all-American treat that’s often reserved for kids, but we know adults love it too. While we’re at it, might as well double the amount of marshmallows. We can do what we want now. Get our Double Marshmallow Puffed Rice Treats recipe.
— Photos by Chowhound; Roxanne Webber wrote a 2009 version of this article.