Hot dogs, reigning symbols of baseball food, are getting some competition
I don’t know much about baseball. If you ask me about diamond trivia, I’ll tell you that they are a girl’s best friend and the largest is named Hope.Seriously, I know there are nine innings, four bases and three strikes in baseball. I’ve learned that the catcher is the guy dressed like a hockey goalie crouching behind the batter, the umpire is the one everybody is yelling at, and the shortstop is not necessarily short.I know that RBI is a player’s stat – because it’s always a clue on crossword puzzles – but I couldn’t tell you what it stands for. I can tell you that George Steinbrenner is the owner of the Yankees, only because George Costanza once worked for him on “Seinfeld.”That’s about the extent of my baseball knowledge. Oh yeah, I am aware that Babe Ruth is not a candy bar.Myself, I’m a football girl. I am loyal to the CU Buffs, my alma mater, no matter how many recruiting parties they hold, and I follow the Broncos religiously. I can out-yell any man at the bar when Plummer throws a perfect pass for a touchdown and I have tons of Broncos paraphernalia, including shirts from when John Elway made touchdowns, not used car deals.So it was a big deal when I passed up Monday Night Football (at least Denver wasn’t playing) and/or a nice dinner out, just to watch Game 4 of the National League Championships (Cardinals vs. Astros) because my friend is from St. Louis.During the whole game, I peppered him with questions: Why are bases called bags? Why is it called the seventh-inning “stretch”? Why is a foul ball not always a strike? Poor guy. There’s not even a halftime to get a break from my ignorance.”At least I know about baseball food,” I reasoned with him. “It’s not just hot dogs, peanuts and beer anymore.”I was anxious to impart my newfound knowledge of baseball fare. I had just learned that Aramark, which manages the foodservice at 20 major- and minor-league stadiums, is changing the standard ballpark menu. Now you can get buffalo burgers, veggie dogs, crab cakes and cheesesteaks. In addition, there are in-park brewpubs and full-service restaurants. You can even get Rocky Mountain oysters at Coors Field.Unfortunately, just as I was about to tell all this to my friend, the other team hit a home run. I figured if I opened my mouth at that point, he would probably want to shove a veggie dog in my mouth just to shut me up. I held my tongue.Then the Cardinals countered with their own homer to win the game and keep them in the playoffs (although we all know the sorry outcome of Game 5). So my friend lucked out, while I was still pretty much clueless about baseball. Plus, I didn’t get to share my fascinating knowledge of ballpark cuisine. Sacrifices …I’m glad this whole World Series thing is over. Wait, did I just hear someone cry “foul”?Huh. I guess he wants chicken for dinner.And I was going to make hot dogs …Gabrielle Devenish is the food editor at the Post Independent. To her, warm Coors, processed meat and little action sounds more like a bad date than a baseball game. Contact her at email@example.com.Barbecued hot dogs34 cup chopped onion3 tablespoons butter or margarine112 cups chopped celery112 cups ketchup34 cup water13 cup lemon juice3 tablespoons brown sugar3 tablespoons vinegar1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce1 tablespoon yellow mustard16 hot dogs (or veggie dogs)16 hot dog buns, splitIn a saucepan over medium heat, saute onion in butter until tender. Add celery, ketchup, water, lemon juice, sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and mustard; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Cut three 14-inch deep slits on each side of hot dogs; place in a 212 quart baking dish. Pour the sauce over the hot dogs. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until heated through. -Miller Hot DogsAvo-dogs2 tablespoons vegetable oil1 large white onion, thinly sliced8 hot dog buns, wrapped in foil and warmed in oven (350 degrees for 10-15 minutes)8 bun-length hot dogs (or veggie dogs)mayonnaiseketchupmustardhot sauce2 medium ripe tomatoes, seeded, diced1 small white onion, finely chopped2 large ripe Hass avocados, peeled, pitted, cut in small chunks and mashedjuice of two fresh limessaltIn large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; place sliced onions in pan. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions are wilted and begin to brown, about 15 minutes.Cook hot dogs per preferred method: grill until lightly charred and heated through; steam; or cook in saucepan with water.On each of 8 warmed hot dog buns, spread about 1 teaspoon each (in following order): mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, hot sauce. Place hot dog on dressed bun and top with some grilled onions. Top with some chopped tomato, raw onion, and mashed chunks of avocado. Sprinkle with a little lime juice and salt, and serve immediately.- Chilean Avocado Importers Association
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