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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
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 8 servings


  • 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


  • 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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