I recently went to a San Francisco Giant’s game at Monster Park and enjoyed the absolutely best, must have food that I have ever had at a ball game-a polish dog with everything on it and an order of hot garlic fries. Anyone who has had garlic fries, knows that the combination of potatoes, oil, salt, and garlic is absolutely addicting.
I finally decided that I did not have to go to a ball game to enjoy the best tasting fries on the planet. So with a little research on my trusty computer, I came up with my own version of the classic hot dog and fries. I oven baked the garlic fries to cut back on the incredible amount of oil in the ball park fries. I love them better with oil, but on a day to day basis, I know that it is better to have oven fried rather than deep fried fries. I did add a generous amount of butter to the garlic mixture though.
Ball Park Dog Ingredients
Good quality beef frank or polish sausage
Sauerkraut Onions and bell peppers sliced and sauteed in olive oil
Mustard, mayo, ketchup, and relish
Long sandwich rolls
Ball Park Dog Directions
Grill the franks or sausages until the insides are hot and the outsides begin to blacken. Serve on sandwich rolls and top with sauerkraut, onions, bell peppers, and condiments. For tips on grilling a great hot dog, see this video.
Garlic Fries Ingredients
4-6 russet potatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
¼ teaspoon salt
6 cloves garlic, minimum (feel free to use as many as you want)
2 tablespoons butter
1-2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
Fresh ground black pepper
Garlic Fries Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Scrub potatoes clean and, if desired, peel. Slice the potatoes into wedges and soak in warm water for 5 to 10 minutes. Let potatoes drain on paper towels or in a colander. Toss potatoes with oil and salt in a bowl or large zip top plastic bag.
Spread potatoes evenly on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spary. Bake for 40 minutes until potatoes are golden and tender. Turn the potatoes half way through the baking time.
Meanwhile, melt the butter in a pan, cook over low heat until melted. Mince garlic and add to pan. Cook until garlic begins to soften. Just before serving, stir in parsley and black pepper. Toss the garlic mixture with cooked fries and season with more salt if desired. Serve immediately.
Serve garlic fries with ketchup or ranch dressing. Or you can mix one part ranch dressing with one part ketchup.
Rather than chopping garlic cloves individually, press through a garlic press or use a garlic chopper.
Substitute olive oil for the butter for an even healthier alternative. Or mix one tablespoon butter with one tablespoon olive oil.
Sprinkle fries with freshly grated parmesan cheese for a different, yet delicious flavor.
Experiment with different herbs to season the fries with in lieu of parsley. Rosemary, thyme, and even cilantro lend a completely different flavor to the fries.
For a shortcut, subsititute thick cut fries from the freezer section and cook to package directions.