Fun Father's Day Idea: Take Dad Out to the Ball Game With a Baseball-Inspired Menu

"A hot dog at the ballpark is better than a steak at the Ritz." -Humphrey Bogart

If Dad loves baseball, you’ll want to plan a Father’s Day menu that features famous ballpark fare. Ballpark food is nearly as important as the game itself and is easy to prepare at home with affordable ingredients for a satisfying celebratory meal. And with all the ballpark food options today, you’ll have no trouble pulling a menu together for a Father’s Day feast. Here are some recipes to get you inspired.

To kick things off, you can’t have a baseball-themed menu without Cracker Jack. Cracker Jack is a classic baseball stadium food that’s been sold at ball games since 1896. Keep the Cracker Jack tradition going this Father’s Day with The Kitchn’s Homemade Cracker Jack. For added fun, sneak a prize into Dad’s Cracker Jack and have him look for it before he begins snacking. Don't forget to tell him! Another favorite baseball snack food is the ever-popular pretzel. These homemade Soft Beer Pretzel Nuggets from Taste of Home are bite sized and perfect for dipping into mustard.

The iconic, budget friendly hot dog has been a ballpark favorite since 1893 and has come a long way when it comes to different ways to dress it up. Do some research to find out if Dad’s favorite team has a signature stadium hot dog that you can recreate at home by doing a Google search typing ‘[stadium name] concessions.’ You may find an MLB link with that ballpark’s concessions. Or you might find it here in Delish’s article The Most Insane Hot Dogs From America’s Baseball Stadiums. You have 22 stadium hot dog recipes to choose from. Without a doubt, hot dogs make the baseball-watching experience complete!

Some ballpark food is so famous even the visiting fans will rave about the food. Such is the case with the San Francisco Giants’ Gilroy Garlic Fries found at Oracle Park. These incredibly flavorful fries will make a tasty side dish for your Father’s Day menu and they start with convenient frozen fries. Here’s The Secret to making the San Francisco Giants’ Garlic Fries, from Thrillist San Francisco. Or if Dad loves salsa make this Waffle Fry Nachos recipe from Taste of Home. Once frozen waffle fries are baked, they’re topped with bacon, green onions, olives, tomatoes, salsa, and cheese, then they go back into the oven until the cheese melts. The final delicious touch is a dollop of sour cream.

If you want to surprise Dad with homemade churros but don’t want to deal with frying, this Air Fryer Churros recipe from Plated Cravings is a great choice with no mess.

And don’t forget to wear gear from Dad’s favorite baseball team!