In this football cheeseball, white cheddar, bacon, a jalapeno pepper and a scallion are blended into cream cheese that’s covered in bacon. It’s a fun look and fairly simple to make.
After what feels like a whirlwind month, I am looking forward to watching some football this weekend. Truth be told, I am probably looking forward to a plate of nachos and pint of beer while I watch some games, but given this is food blog, I suppose that comes as no big surprise.
If nachos are not your game day food of choice, don’t worry. A few blogger friends and I have come up with some fun foods to add to your game day spread.
From plenty of savory bites to a recipe to please your sweet tooth, we’ve got appetizers that will make you feel sophisticated and recipes that double as lunch. Check out everyone’s fantastic creations at the end of this post!
As for my contribution, I’m bringing you a pigskin cheeseball.
When I was considering what to make for this collaboration, I was of the mind that the last thing the internet probably needed was another football cheeseball. But, I wanted a football cheeseball. So that’s what I made. And I was utterly delighted.
My family has enjoyed a similar cheeseball during the holidays for as long as I can remember. Our cream cheese and scallions version is rolled in chipped beef. At the risk of taking on the responsibly for the holiday cheeseball, I gotta say it bores in comparison to what we have here.
This recipe takes the cream cheese up a notch, pairing it with some white cheddar, mixing in some bacon and a jalapeno pepper sauteed in bacon fat, and then switching out the chipped beef for – you guessed it – more bacon. Despite the way it may look, it’s also fairly simple and fun to make. Enjoy!
To cook bacon, I lay strips of the meat on a lined baking sheet and then place it in the oven at 400 degrees F until crispy, about 15-20 minutes. I purchased an 8-ounce block of white cheddar and grated half for the one-cup of cheese needed for the cheeseball. I then used some of the remaining cheese to create the laces, although any white cheese you have around the house will do. Recipe from Great Balls of Cheese by Michelle Buffardi.
To cook bacon, I lay strips of the meat on a lined baking sheet and then place it in the oven at 400 degrees F until crispy, about 15-20 minutes.
I purchased an 8-ounce block of white cheddar and grated half for the one-cup of cheese needed for the cheeseball. I then used some of the remaining cheese to create the laces, although any white cheese you have around the house will do.
Recipe from Great Balls of Cheese by Michelle Buffardi.
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