SPAM Grilled Cheese and More at Ballparks on Opening Day

Spam Grilled Cheese will be served at Minute Maid Park this season.
Spam Grilled Cheese will be served at Minute Maid Park this season.
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Have you seen ticket prices these days? Going to a baseball game isn’t the budget-friendly, grab a beer and a bleachers seat kind of event it used to be. So why should the fare remain unchanged? If you’re going to fork up some real dough, a boiled hot dog with some mustard and ketchup squeezed on top just isn’t going to cut it. At least not as the only option, save for the occasional chicken finger basket and boiled peanuts.

Aramark, the food and beverage, retail and/or facilities partner at 10 Major League Baseball stadiums, is offering some new ballpark dining items for 2017. Culinary professionals at eight of the ballparks spent the offseason developing new recipes and innovative concepts, everything from SPAM Grilled Cheese to Crab Doughnuts. Some are even being immortalized in trading cards.

“As sports’ food and beverage expert, creating a menu complete with unique and distinctive options has always been a hallmark of ours,” says Carl Mittleman, president of Aramark’s Sports and Entertainment division, in a release. “Our culinary teams work tirelessly to create menus that are on-trend and full of variety and complementary flavors and this year’s offerings, once again, set the standard for ballpark dining.”

Here’s what’s on the table (or seat) for April 3’s Opening Day:

Chicken Bacon Smoke Stak (Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City Royals): Waffle fries topped with smoked chicken, bacon crème sauce, red pepper relish, scallions, and sour cream.

Colorado Queso Stak (Coors Field, Colorado Rockies): Jumbo portion of waffle fries topped with house made green Chile queso, pork carnitas, fresh made pico de gallo, fresh cut jalapenos and a drizzle of sour cream.

Green Chili Chicken Stak (Minute Maid Park, Houston Astros): Fresh cut fries topped with green chicken chili, cotija cheese and pico de gallo.

Hogtown Stak (Rogers Centre, Toronto Blue Jays): Crisp golden Russet frites, smoked pulled pork, grilled and sliced farmers sausage, smoked bacon BBQ gravy.

House BURGHer Stak (PNC Park, Pittsburgh Pirates): Boardwalk style fries, topped with all the burger essentials, seasoned ground beef, American cheese, grilled onions, our house secret sauce, fresh tomatoes, shaved iceberg, and topped with a toasted brioche slider bun.

Italian Roast Pork Stak (Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia Phillies): Boardwalk fries topped with in-house roast pork, sharp Provolone cheese sauce, cherry pepper aioli and chopped roasted long hots.

LaFrieda Steak Frites (Citi Field, New York Mets): Black angus hand-cut beef, sautéed sweet Vidalia onions, beef au jus, topped with Vermont Monterey jack cheese sauce over fresh fried Idaho waffle fries

Lobster Poutine Stak (Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox): Steak fries covered with fresh lobster meat, cheese curds, bisque and chives.

Topped Dogs

Jersey Shore Dog (Citizens Bank Park): All beef hot dog, topped with pork roll and finished with a drizzle of American cheese sauce

Harry The K’s Pastrami Sausage (Citizens Bank Park): House cured pastrami sausage, with hickory smoked bacon red cabbage, topped with Tarragon mustard

Bloor Street Dog (Rogers Centre): Hot dog topped with butter chicken, chili-lime sour cream, trio of Indian vegetables, fresh chopped parsley

Sunrise Dog (Kauffman Stadium): Jumbo hot dog, topped with fried egg, bacon, cheddar cheese and white sausage gravy.

Artisan Sandwiches and Melts

Braised Kielbasa Reuben (PNC Park): Beer braised kielbasa, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and house sauce, served on locally baked thick cut marble rye.

Colorado Brisket Melt (Coors Field): Chopped brisket, mixed with sautéed onions and bacon and topped with white American cheese

Hand-Carved Porchetta Sandwich (PNC Park): House made Porchetta, served on a locally made ciabatta bun, topped with arugula, tomatoes, and a lemon-caper mayo.

House Smoked Pork Butt Sandwich (Minute Maid Park): House smoked pulled pork served with jalapeno coleslaw on a jalapeno cheddar bun

Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwich (Minute Maid Park): Grilled cheese sandwich served with salami, pepperoni, ham, mozzarella cheese, pepperoncini, and basil pesto on rosemary-infused Texas Toast

Lobster Melt (Fenway Park): Fresh, steamed Yankee Lobster Co. lobster with melted Muenster cheese and sliced tomato.

New York Cheesesteak (Citi Field): Shaved ribeye with caramelized onions & sweet cherry peppers, choice of homemade cheddar whiz, picante provolone or classic American, served on a locally baked baguette.

Pulled Pork Patty Melt (Kauffman Stadium): Funnel cake, BBQ pulled pork, fried onion, shredded cheddar, and Monterey Jack cheese, bacon, and Jalapeno pepper skewer.

SPAM Grilled Cheese Sandwich (Minute Maid Park): Grilled cheese sandwich served with a cut of SPAM on Texas Toast.

Spicy Chicken Sandwich (Coors Field): Fresh grilled marinated chicken breast, topped with pepper jack cheese, fried jalapenos, sriracha aioli, lettuce, tomato on jalapeno cheddar bread.

Streetcar Tacos (Rogers Centre): Handcrafted tacos with choice of adobo chicken or vegetarian, on a warm flour tortilla with chopped cabbage.

Surf & Turf Kebab (Fenway Park): Skewered shrimp, lightly marinated steak tips and fresh green and red peppers, served on a long roll.

Savory Snacks and Small Bites

Apple Pie Nachos (Coors Field): Cinnamon sugar chips topped with apple pie filling, shredded cheddar cheese, whipped cream and caramel topping.

Churro “Dessert” Poutine (Rogers Centre): Churros served with vanilla ice cream and warm caramel sauce

Crab Doughnuts (PNC Park): House made crab doughnut holes, served with chive’d tartar sauce, and sticky apple-mustard slaw.

Short Rib Cheese Curds (Kauffman Stadium): Braised short rib cheese curds with chipotle ranch dip.

Better-for-You Options

As part of Aramark’s Healthy for Life 20 By 20 initiative, and ongoing commitment to providing fans with greater variety, choice, and access to healthier menu options, Aramark continues to expand “better-for-you” options throughout the ballparks it serves.

Caribbean Grilled Chicken Salad (Rogers Centre): House made chicken salad with fresh romaine, marinated black beans, orange segments, pickled red onions, shredded carrots and toasted coconut in a honey lime vinaigrette.

Farmer’s Market Grain Bowl (Citizens Bank Park): Toasted red quinoa, brown rice, sweet peppers, cucumbers, radish, baby herbs, honey balsamic vinaigrette.

Fenway Farms (Fenway Park): The rooftop farm at Fenway Park, providing fresh produce to throughout the ballpark, is aiming to grow over 7,500 pounds of organic produce this season, with different seasonal offerings in concessions at the new, make your own, fresh salad and fruit bar.

Rainbow Kale Caesar Salad (Rogers Centre): Fresh rainbow kale with shaved parmesan cheese, croutons and crispy bacon.

Toasted Tofu (PNC Park): Citrus-tamari marinated tofu, Sriracha mayo, and sticky mint cabbage slaw, made and toasted on gluten free bread.

Ultimate Vegan Burger (PNC Park): A beefless patty, topped with shredded lettuce, sliced tomato, dill pickles, and vegan secret sauce, served on a sesame seed bun.

In celebration of the distinctive fare available at ballparks, Topps has immortalized some of the most popular and iconic ballpark fare on trading cards. Aramark has teamed with Topps, the exclusive trading card partner of Major League Baseball, for a special “Incredible Eats” trading card insert series.

The 2017 Topps Opening Day Baseball trading cards include an 18-card “Incredible Eats” set featuring craveable menu items found around the ballpark and includes seven Aramark signature dishes: the Cracker Jack & Mac Dog at PNC Park (Pittsburgh Pirates), the Chicken and Waffle Cone at Minute Maid Park (Houston Astros), the Classic Pastrami Sandwich at Citi Field (New York Mets), the Kayem Fenway Frank at Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox), the Buffalo Cauliflower Poutine at Rogers Centre (Toronto Blue Jays), the South Philly Dog at Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia Phillies), and the Cheesy Corn Brisket-Acho at Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City Royals). Topps Opening Day packs can be found at mass retailers and local hobby shops.