Disclaimer: Today's Tasty Thursday is not healthy by any means. You've been warned.
I went to my first Red Sox game when I was 10 years old, back in the days of Mo Vaughn and Jose Canseco. My beloved Sox were playing the Detroit Tigers. Back 14 years ago, you were able to get cheap tickets and actually be relatively near the field. It's amazing what happens when your favorite team actually has winning seasons. Ticket prices go up and so do food prices. I went to a game out in Oakland California a few years back and their daily promotion was dollar hot dog day. What an amazing day it was! You cannot go wrong with a ballpark dog that is only a buck.
I try to go to Red Sox games each year, and haven't missed a year since 2007. Needless to say I have a pretty good idea of how much I'll be spending when I go down to Boston for a game. This year, I got a chance to go to Fenway Park and sit atop the Green Monster. It was quite an amazing experience, and I was able to cross another thing off my bucket list. I got there knowing I would be spending a fair amount on food so I budgeted accordingly. Without question, if you have yet to go to Fenway Park and are planning to go soon, you must get a Fenway Frank. I get one every time I go. I also am a huge fan of italian sausages, and thankfully they sell them at the park. Last time I went I got a Fenway Frank and an italian sausage for a grand total of...$11.50. That's quite a hefty price to pay, but like I said, I enjoy eating unhealthy food while I am there so it's worth it. The Sausage weighed in at seven bucks, while the Fenway Frank was $4.50
I decided for this week's installment of Tasty Thursday, I would recreate the Sausages at my house and see what the savings would be. If you have cable television, I encourage you to try this at home while watching a game. There's no better seat than the one in your house. It's also much cheaper. I decided to buy some higher end sausages at the grocery store and bought five bratwursts for $4.99, eight hot dog rolls for $2, and a green pepper for $1.23. I had an onion left over from a previous dish so I didn't have to spend any money on that. I did check though, and the store was selling them for $1.49 per pound. I also bought two scrubbing sponges for $1.89. Don't worry, I didn't eat those. I ended up spending $8.22 on all my sausage making supplies
I cut up half of the green pepper and a quarter of the onion and sautéed them in butter until they were nice and tender. Afterwords, I grilled up the brats and browned them on the outside. I then let them simmer in some beer for about 10 minutes, and made sure they were done all the way through (raw pork has a tendency to do bad things to you). After the brats were completely cooked, I took them out of the pan and put them into the rolls. Then I put the peppers and onions on top. Finally, I finished with a little bit of mustard for a little zing and bam! Just like Emeril Lagasse, I was done. What a tasty treat it was. When all was said and done, it cost me a grand total of $2.11 per sausage. That's almost $5 in savings per sausage, and let me be honest when I say these are just as tasty as the sausages in the park.
I finished off my meal with a cup of ice cream. That cost me $2.99 for a quart and a half of ice cream. You have to pay $5 for an ice cream at Fenway. So the next time you are itching to get out to the park and watch a game, but don't have the money for tickets, bring the park to you. Invite some friends over and each pitch in a few bucks and you can have that ballpark experience right from your couch.
What's your favorite ballpark food?