Transform a simple snack into a gameday touchdown with a recipe for the best Bacon-Cheddar Football Cheese Ball.

A wood board with a football cheese ball and snack foods surrounding it

I’ve never considered myself a cheese ball enthusiast. More often than not, the old fashioned appetizer is a flavorless concoction of veggies and cheeses that’s molded into a vaguely-shaped ball before being poked and prodded by assorted dippers.

But this ain’t your grandma’s cheese ball!

A glass bowl containing cream cheese, bacon, cheddar cheese, scallions and pimiento peppers

I never realized how much flavor you can pack into an edible football. We’re talking bacon, cheddar, cream cheese, scallions, pimiento peppers, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder and an optional jalapeño. That is a whole lot of flavor.

But one other ingredient lends a creamy tanginess to this insanely addicting football cheese ball: sour cream.

A wood cutting board with a cheese ball wrapped in plastic wrap

Coat the entire thing in crushed pecans then place the cheese “laces” on top and you are the MVP of your gameday snack lineup. Pretzels, crackers and crudité are all welcome dippers.

In a rush? Prep the cheese ball a day in advance and store it (covered securely) in plastic wrap. Coat it in pecans right before serving and then get ready to dig in!

A pretzel being dipped into a cheese ball with snacks surrounding it

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Appetizer

Bacon-Cheddar Football Cheese Ball

Transform a simple snack into a gameday touchdown with a recipe for the best Bacon-Cheddar Football Cheese Ball.
5 from 1 vote
A wood board with a football cheese ball and snack foods surrounding it
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients 

  • 6 slices bacon, cut into lardons
  • 2 (8-oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 (4-oz.) jar pimiento peppers, drained
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 medium jalapeño, seeded and minced (option)
  • 1/3 cup sliced scallions
  • 1 1/2 cups finely crushed pecans
  • 1 string cheese or slice white cheese, cut into thin strips
  • Crackers, pretzels or crudité, for serving

Instructions 

  • Add the bacon to a large sauté pan set over medium heat. Cook until all the fat has rendered. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate.
  • In a large bowl, combine the bacon, cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar cheese, pimiento peppers, Worcestershire, garlic powder, jalapeño (optional) and scallions. Mix until combined then taste and season with salt and pepper.
  • Arrange a large piece of plastic wrap on your work surface. Transfer the cheese mixture into the center then fold the plastic up and around it. Using your hands, carefully shape it into a football. Refrigerate the cheese ball for 15 minutes.
  • Unwrap the plastic then coat the cheese ball with the crushed pecans.
  • Arrange the sliced string cheese on top to form the football “laces.” Serve with crackers, pretzels or crudité for dipping.
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Calories: 217kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 48mg, Sodium: 319mg, Potassium: 118mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 414IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 225mg, Iron: 1mg

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  1. Made this for Super Bowl, and it was a hit! Just FYI, the instructions don’t say to include the bacon in the cheese ball mixture. It’s obviously pretty self-explanatory, but just wanted to let you know :)

  2. 5 stars
    Just made this today for the Super Bowl Party. It’s delicious and the bacon is a great addition. Thank You! Enjoy the game.

  3. Nice! I always add a bit of beer to mine, but have never added bacon. Will give that a go for sure. Thanks for posting

  4. Looks Fantastic.
    I know what I will be making when the Super Bowl rolls around. (of course beer for the guys & wine for us ladies) :)
    Thank you.