hands holding different hot dogs

Spring! Time for Baseball and Hot Dogs!

Ah, Spring. Time for the crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd, a cup of cold beer, and America’s favorite ballpark food, the hot dog. Americans consume around 20 million hot dogs at major league games during a typical season, a tradition that started in baseball’s early days around the turn of the 20th century.

People tell competing tales about how baseball and hotdogs became inextricably linked. One story goes that Chris von der Ahe, a flamboyant German immigrant and bar owner in St. Louis, introduced them at the ballpark where the team he owned, the St. Louis Browns, played. He was apparently a clever guy—he kept the ticket prices low so gamegoers would buy more beer. And maybe hotdogs.

Residents of Niles, Ohio, will tell you that the creation of the hot dog came from Harry Stevens, a local entrepreneur and immigrant from England who became known as THE ballpark concessionaire around the turn of the century. Legend has it that it was a chilly spring day in 1901 and no one at the New York Giants game was buying ice cream, so Harry started selling German sausages known as dachshund sausages, which were traditionally wrapped in wax paper. When the concession stand ran out of wax paper, he sent one of his employees out to buy rolls to serve the sausages. A newspaper cartoonist who drew the event apparently couldn’t spell dachshund, so he called them hot dogs. To this day, the town of Niles celebrates with Harry Stevens Hot Dog Day during the summer.

Whether or not there’s a grain of truth to either story, the fact remains that a baseball game without a hot dog just isn’t the same experience. Why? Hot dogs are easy to eat by hand, they’re inexpensive, and you can customize them with toppings that tickle your tastebuds. Yellow mustard? You bet! Pickle relish? Please! Diced onions? Don’t mind if I do! Cheese, chili, tomatoes, ketchup—every dog afficionado has a preference.

Of course, not everyone lives close to a ballpark, or—gasp—even enjoys America’s favorite pastime. 

For those who want to enjoy a ballpark hot dog at home, Panorama Organic has introduced a line of organic, 100% grass-fed hot dogs that rival anything you’ll find at Dodger Stadium. The ingredients are simple: organic grass-fed beef, vinegar, a touch of organic raw cane sugar and honey, and a tantalizing assortment of organic spices. They’re pre-cooked and warm up quickly on the grill or in the steamer, ready and waiting for your favorite toppings.

Keep it simple with just a squirt of mustard on a soft bun or get crazy with a Sonoran dog. They’re also delicious in mac and cheese, baked beans, or any other hot dog recipe your family enjoys. 

Panorama Organic hot dogs are available at retailers across the country. Stock up today and be ready for baseball season–or just a quick weeknight supper that will please everyone. 

Open-faced steak sandwich with sliced roast beef, spinach leaves, sliced tomato, and cheese on the side

When Does an Ordinary Sandwich Become Extraordinary? When You Add Panorama Organic Beef, Of Course.

A sandwich is, at its most basic, a piece of meat between two pieces of bread. The 4th Earl of Sandwich is credited with giving the quick and easy meal its name, but for centuries before the Earl devoured his dinner of salt beef and thick bread while working at his desk (or at the gaming table, depending on which story you believe), in almost every culture, people both rich and poor wrapped bread around meat and sometimes cheese. 

A recent consumer survey found that sandwiches have become a go-to for people eating at home because they’re easy, healthy, and budget-friendly. If the same old ham and Swiss on rye or turkey with avocado just aren’t exciting your taste buds anymore, we’re here for you. Panorama Organic’s grass-fed beef makes your boring sandwich into a gourmet meal, all while delivering health benefits to you, restored ecosystems to birds and wildlife, and prosperity to American family ranches.

All of our beef, whether fresh, frozen, or prepared, is organic and 100% grass-fed, with no-GMOs, antibiotics or hormones, or imported mystery meat. Our ranchers treat their animals with special care so they deliver the best-tasting beef to your table.

Two burgers with onions, pickles, and cheese on cutting board with tomatoes on the side

When it comes to sandwiches, the most obvious and popular choice is the hamburger, a staple of barbecues and backyard parties across America. Panorama Organic offers four different types of ground beef—the standard 80/20 and 85/15 blends, a 93/7 blend for those who prefer a leaner product, and our new Chef’s Blend, a combination of ground chuck, brisket, and short rib for big, beefy taste. You’ll find plenty of creative burger ideas on our recipe page—everything from a simple classic burger to a Southern version with fried green tomatoes.

Taking the burger idea one step further, there’s nothing more comforting than a cold meatloaf sandwich made with leftover meatloaf. Add some mustard, mayo, cheddar cheese, tomato, and lettuce, and dinner is served.

If you have hours to spend, a slow-smoked brisket with spicy barbecue sauce makes not only a great dinner, but with the addition of cole slaw and sturdy rolls, an amazing sandwich the next day. If you don’t have time to spend tending the smoker, you can also braise the brisket in chile sauce.

Get spicy with steak in this carne asada sandwich, which includes roasted red pepper and green chile, red onion, avocado, and a lime-infused sauce. If you don’t want to take the time to roast and peel your own peppers, you can find roasted red peppers packed in olive oil and frozen or jarred green chile at almost any grocery store. They’ll do in a pinch.

Panorama Organic’s steak strips make great kabobs. Stuff the grilled meat and veggies into pita bread and drizzle with a little tzatziki for a healthy and delicious Mediterranean dinner. Or, cook them up in a grill pan with onions, pile on a sub roll, top with melty Provolone, and you have a classic Philly cheesesteak. 

Meatball sandwich with cheese and marinara sauce on baguette

Last year, Panorama Organic launched a line of fully cooked prepared products to make your life easier. Our hotdogs, meatballs, and hickory-smoked sausage are all made from the same organic, grass-fed beef as our higher-end cuts, and offer the same delicious flavor in a healthy, easy to dress up package.

The meatballs are great in soups and over spaghetti, of course, but they also make a delicious meatball sandwich or sliders. Broil them for a few minutes to get them nicely browned, add your favorite marinara sauce and some cheese to a hoagie roll, and you have a dinner to please everybody.

The uncured hickory-smoked sausage is great on the grill, but you can also cook it in a skillet with some green peppers and onions for a tasty sandwich on your favorite bread. If you want to get especially creative, simmer it for a few minutes in some beer before putting it on the grill or in the pan. 

And then there’s the humble hotdog. Ours are fully cooked, uncured, and made of 100% grass-fed, organic beef. You can go the simple all-American route with some mustard and relish or add chili and cheese. For a Chicago dog, add onions, tomatoes, pepperoncini and a poppy seed hot dog bun. Our favorite is the Sonoran dog with bacon, beans, jalapeno, avocado, tomato, onion, and cheese, all served up in a bolillo bun. 

What kind of creative sandwiches are you creating with Panorama Organic beef? Post a picture on Instagram  or Facebook and tag us. We always appreciate seeing what our customers are doing.

Bowl of macaroni and cheese with hot dog slices on cloth placemat with bowl of shredded cheese on side

Instant Pot Hot Dog Mac & Cheese

Serves 8

Mac and Cheese is everybody’s favorite comfort food, and the addition of hot dogs and barbecue sauce makes it even better. The Instant Pot makes it a quick and easy dinner, and the result is creamy and delicious. Use your favorite barbecue sauce or make your own.

  • 1 pound dried macaroni (elbow or shell)
  • 1 package Panorama Organic Grass-fed hot dogs, cut into ½” pieces
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 8-ounce block cream cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2/3 cup barbecue sauce

Add the macaroni, hot dogs, water, and butter to the Instant Pot. Seal and set to 5 minutes of cooking time at high pressure. 

In the meantime, combine the Cheddar, Parmesan, and cream cheese in a medium bowl.

When the Instant pot is finished cooking, release the steam and remove the top. Gently fold in the combined cheeses and barbecue sauce. Cover and let sit for five minutes, then serve immediately.