Faster than Trea Turner can round second base on a groundball with eyes, a couple of hungry fans at Nationals Park can spend $40 on food and drinks. There are times when only a ballpark frank will suffice, it’s true. But with a full season ahead, some strategic cost savings are in order.
We’re thinking Recipe Finder snacks and hot dog alternatives, wrapped or contained per Washington Nationals official policies, are one way to go. Vendor popcorn averages a 90 percent markup; this Herbed Popcorn (pictured above) is not as loaded with salt and is a lot tastier. The recipe makes enough for eight servings, so it can last several innings, or you can share it with your seatmates and make new friends.
Wraps make for easier eating in the stands than a sandwich, especially if one hand’s holding a pencil to keep score. These Barbecue Chicken Wraps With Celery and Sprouts, pictured above, can be made in advance of game day and are filling yet not heavy. Vegetarian offerings are always limited at the stadium, so Spiced Green Pea and Potato Pasties would be welcome.
Any or all these are also suitable for watching from the comfort of your own couch, of course.
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2. Turkish Yogurt Sauce, above, right. The simple accompaniment to Wolfert’s lentil dish.
4. Slow-Cooked Brisket With Red Wine, Vinegar and Mustard. This preparation, from Joan Nathan’s new cookbook, skews away from sweet.
5. Dorie Greenspan’s Herbed Mushroom Quiche. Looks like her vow to bring back this eggy tart is well on its way.