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The grass has been mowed, the gloves have been oiled, and the players have been selected. It’s time for this year’s Baseball All Star Game. Not all of us are lucky enough to grab a seat at Kauffman Stadium to watch the powerhouses of baseballduke it out for home field advantage, but we can all bring the baseball experience home. With the TV turned on and the beverages iced down the only thing missing is stadium food, Tillamook style, of course.

My favorite ball park treat is the over-sized pretzel with cheese sauce, something I only get when I’m at a game. I hit the kitchen like a ball player prepping for the World’s Series. Having never made pretzels with cheese sauce before, I knew practice was key.

Making the Pretzel

I made classic pretzel dough using Tillamook Butter and they were utterly delicious. The homemade pretzel total blew any ball park pretzel I’ve ever had out of the park.

With the Pretzels warm out of the oven, my next step was to make cheesy goodness for dipping. I purchased both Special Reserve Extra Sharp Tillamook Cheddar Cheese and Tillamook Pepper Jack Cheese for my trials.

Classic Cheese Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons of Tillamook Salted Butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 ½ cups shredded Tillamook Special Reserve Extra Sharp Cheddar
  • 1 teaspoon mustard

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat and add the flour and salt, stirring until the mixture begins to simmer. Add the milk and continue to stir the mixture until thickened. Add cheese and mustard. Stir mixture until the cheese melts. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.

Pepper Jack Cheese Sauce

The sauce was tasty but needed a little more punch. An extra teaspoon of mustard or using Garlic Chili Pepper Cheddar Cheese may have done the trick. With my all-star sauce yet to be discovered, I moved on to the Pepper Jack Cheese.

  • 2 tablespoons of Tillamook Salted Butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 ½ cups shredded Tillamook Pepper Jack

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat and add the flour and salt, stirring until the mixture begins to simmer. Add the milk and continue to stir the mixture until thickened. Add cheese. Stir mixture until the cheese melts. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.

I wanted to let the Pepper Jack shine so I kept the cheese sauce simple with no extra add-ins. The Pepper Jack made the sauce extra creamy allowing even more sauce to be scooped with each dip.

Seeing as how this experiment was in honor of baseball, I thought three attempts was only fitting. For my last sauce I swung for the fences with a cinnamon apple cheddar dip.

Cinnamon Apple Cheddar Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons of Tillamook Salted Butter
  • 1 Granny Smith apple
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 ½ cups shredded Tillamook Special Reserve Extra Sharp Cheddar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat and add diced apple. Saute until the apples are soft and can be easily mashed with a spoon. Add the flour and salt, stirring until the mixture begins to simmer. Add the milk and continue to stir the mixture until thickened. Add cheese, sugar and cinnamon. Stir mixture until the cheese melts. Serve immediately.

The sauce had hardly cooled to edible temperatures before my pretzel dove in. This final sauce was by far my favorite, but the Pepper Jack won out with all my baseballfan friends. With my pretzel and cheese sauce perfected, I’m ready to watch this years game from my own couch. Considering all the yummy Tillamook Cheese sauce, I dare say, I may have the best seat for game.

What other yummy foods make you think of baseball parks?

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