For the second installment of the 2016 Virtual Baseball Hot Dog Tour, we cross the border into Canada to catch a Blue Jays game. Why international so soon? Because that is the game that was on at five o’clock when my tummy said it’s time to eat.
If you are old enough to remember the 90s (the 1990s) you remember when the Sky Dome opened (now called the Rogers Centre). It was a true marvel of the day. The first retractable roof ballpark. It was super cool. Now….not so much. Other retractable roof stadiums outclass it, are slicker and offer so much more. But Toronto gets respect for being the first in this “never have a rainout” innovation and dazzling fans with it for about a decade.
You now what else Canadian baseball fans are first in? Pizza consumption at the ballpark. The hot dog still reigns supreme as the concession of choice, but Blue Jays fans eat more pizza than any other fan base in baseball. That is why the dog I created for the Blue Jays is The Pizza Dog. Now canucks and watch their Jays and have both a dog and pizza in one. All the tastiness without the guilt of bucking one of the sport’s most hallowed traditions: watching a game with a dog in hand.
Creating the pizza dog at home is simple. Bun, frank, sauce, cheese, pepperoni. Here is how mine is constructed:
- Use a brat bun made at the bakery in Wal-Mart. They are thicker and have a homemade bread texture that is more like pizza crust.
- Grill and lay in a Hebrew National frank.
- Spoon in a generous amount of Newman’s Own Sockarooni sauce. It’s spicy and gives the dog a kick.
- Sprinkle on shredded mozzarella cheese.
- Top with pepperoni disks.
Microwave for about 30 seconds to melt the cheese and warm up the ingredients.
It’s a delicious dog that every fan will enjoy, Canadian or not.
Beer Pairing: grab a Molson Canadian to compliment the Pizza Dog.