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Ballgame Fare

Celebrate baseball season with these festive toppings and treats.

Recipes and Styling by Sarah McCullen | Photographed by Joe Worthem

From Oxford-University Stadium at Ole Miss to Polk-Dement Stadium in Starkville and all around the country, college baseball season is underway, and no food choice says baseball like a hot dog. Whether you’ve secured a grill in left field or are pregame picnicking at home, try these tasty toppings and accoutrements for your homemade hot dogs.

Beer Cheese Dip

16 ounces processed cheese (such as Velveeta)

¾ cup light beer (such as Coors Light or Bud Light) 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon dry mustard

½ teaspoon hot sauce

In a saucepan over low heat, combine processed cheese and ½ cup beer, stirring constantly just until melted. Add Worcestershire, dry mustard, hot sauce and remaining ¼ cup beer. Stir to combine. Serve with soft pretzels or crudités.

Hot Dog Topping Bar

Grill hot dogs on a charcoal or gas grill or in a hot skillet on the stove. Butter the hot dog buns, and toast until lightly browned in a skillet. Add the hot dogs to the buns, then top with your favorite topping combinations (below). Serve with Tater Tots, french fries, coleslaw, onion rings or potato chips.

Pulled Pork BBQ Dog

Pulled pork

Barbecue sauce


Pickled onions

Beer Cheese Dog

Beer Cheese Dip (see recipe above)

Dill pickle spear

Buffalo-Blue Cheese Dog

Buffalo sauce

Smoked blue cheese


Pimiento Cheese Dog

Pimiento cheese

Candied jalapenos

Easy Coca-Cola Sheet Cake

1 box German chocolate cake mix

1¼ cup Coca-Cola, plus another 1/3 cup (at room temperature) for frosting

½ cup vegetable oil

3 eggs

½ cup butter (at room temperature)

¼ cup unsweetened cocoa

2 cups powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour a 9-inch square cake pan. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, cola, vegetable oil and eggs. Whisk until well combined, about 2 to 3 minutes. Pour into prepared pan, and bake until the center is no longer jiggly and a toothpick comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes. Turn cake out from the pan, place on serving dish, and let cool completely.

In a bowl using an electric mixer, beat butter on medium speed until fluffy, about 1 minute. Add cocoa and powdered sugar, beating until well combined, about 1 minute. Add remaining 1/3 cup cola, and beat on medium-low speed to combine, about 1 minute. Spread frosting evenly over top of cake, and serve.

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