Baseball Theme Is Grand Slam

Batter up! The Taste of Home Test Kitchen fielded easy recipes for a baseball-themed bash that will have your hungry team feeling like all-stars.

The best part of this ballpark banquet is how speedy it is to fix. It's as simple as 1…2…3…and you're out of the kitchen!

Home Run Hoagies
You'll make a great impression right off the bat when you step up to the plate with flavorful Home Run Hoagies. Kids can pitch in with assembling these colorful sandwiches stacked with chicken, cheese, lettuce and tomatoes. To score with big appetites, try adding more meat or a few varieties of sliced cheese.

Strikeout Salad
If pasta fans are in the crowd, a zesty summer salad will help you cover all the bases. Quick to dish up at home or away, it's ideal for a special supper or pregame tailgate. Strikeout Salad features a medley of garden-fresh vegetables, tender pasta and a homemade vinaigrette that is sure to execute a triple play on your taste buds. The tubular noodles and round olives will likely remind your crew of bats and balls.

Pop Fly Popcorn
Peanuts and popcorn add pizzazz to a crackerjack of a snack that's sure to be a major-league winner. Serve the make-ahead mix alongside picnic-style fare or as a late-night nibble when the game goes into extra innings. Pecans and almonds add nutty goodness to this crisp chewy Pop Fly Popcorn mix that's sweetened with a light syrup. The way this tasty treat attracts snackers, you may need an umpire for the bowl.

Cap and Ball Cookies
For dessert, sweet tooth veterans and rookies alike will want to get their mitts on cute cookies that look like baseballs and caps. The cook will have a ball lacing up plain packaged cookies with decorative frosting to create these clever confections that are perfectly named Cap and Ball Cookies.

Decorating Cookie Caps

Cover half of the bottom of chocolate-covered marshmallow cookie with red decorator frosting; place it off-center on a chocolate wafer.

Pipe a line of frosting where cookies meet for brim. Pipe stitching in grooves of cookie. Add an M&M on top.