Sriracha Cheese Ball – Perfect Football Food

Sriracha Cheese Ball

To me cheese balls always seemed more like a retro party food.  But, recently, when we were asked to share Super Bowl party ideas on WESH 2 News here in Orlando, I wanted to create a appetizer in the shape of a football and thought a ball of creamy spicy cheese was just what would work.

So, I took a traditional cheese ball recipe and added a few new things – most notably the ever-popular spicy Sriracha hot chili sauce and, of course, some bacon.

Sriracha Cheese Ball

And, here you have it – the Sriracha Cheese Ball.  This is a very mildly spicy appetizer, but you can spice it up with some more Sriracha if you would like.  Enjoy! (And click on over here for more Super Bowl or football party ideas and printables).

Sriracha Cheese Ball

Sriracha Cheese Ball

INGREDIENTS:
8 oz softened cream cheese
2 cups freshly shredded cheddar cheese (NOTE: The pre-shredded cheese has a coating on it that makes it hard to blend in)
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1 T plus 1 tsp. Sriracha (NOTE: Use up to 2 T if you want spicy)
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
1 cup toasted walnuts
4-6 pieces of cooked & crispy bacon
Mayonnaise & small plastic bag (to make the football stitches)

DIRECTIONS:

Make the Coating – 
Grind your walnuts in a food processor or high powered blender. Once they are a medium grind, add in the bacon pieces (you can break them up as you add) and grind quickly to combine. Dump on a large plate or sheet pan, set aside.

Sriracha Cheese Ball

Sriracha Cheese Ball

Put about 3-4 T of mayonnaise in a small plastic bag, push it over to the corner to make a pastry-like bag, refrigerate.

Make the Cheese –
Next, combine the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, Worcestershire sauce, Sriracha and sea salt in the bowl of a mixer or food processor.  Mix or blend until fully combined – taste to see if you need additional salt or more Sriracha.

Sriracha Cheese Ball

Take the cheese mixture and place in the fridge for about 20-30 minutes until it is slightly firm.

Make the Football –
Remove the cheese from the fridge and get the entire amount shaped into a ball with your hands (yes, only hands work here) and then shape it into a football, creating an oval with a point on each end.

Roll the ball in the topping, pushing the topping on with your hands where needed. Place the ball on a platter.

Sriracha Cheese Ball

Grab you bag of mayo, snip the corner and decorate the ball with football stitches as you would a cake or cookie. (You may want to test some lines on another plate first).

Sriracha Cheese Ball

Serve with crackers or firm chips.

Enjoy and happy Super Bowl watching! (Or commercial and half-time watching in my case).

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Sriracha Cheese Ball

Yield: 1 Medium Cheese Ball

Prep Time: 15-20 Minutes

Cook Time: Chilling, 20 Minutes

Total Time: 30-40 Minutes

This mildly spicy cheese ball is an update on a retro party and football-watching classic appetizer.

Ingredients:

8 oz softened cream cheese
2 cups freshly shredded cheddar cheese (NOTE: The pre-shredded cheese has a coating on it that makes it hard to blend in)
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1 T plus 1 tsp. Sriracha (NOTE: Use up to 2 T if you want spicy)
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
1 cup toasted walnuts
4-6 pieces of cooked & crispy bacon
Mayonnaise & small plastic bag (to make the football stitches)

Directions:

Make the Coating -
Grind your walnuts in a food processor or high powered blender. Once they are a medium grind, add in the bacon pieces (you can break them up as you add) and grind quickly to combine. Dump on a large plate or sheet pan, set aside.

Put about 3-4 T of mayonnaise in a small plastic bag, push it over to the corner to make a pastry-like bag, refrigerate.

Make the Cheese -
Next, combine the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, Worcestershire sauce, Sriracha and sea salt in the bowl of a mixer or food processor. Mix or blend until fully combined - taste to see if you need additional salt or more Sriracha.

Take the cheese mixture and place in the fridge for about 20-30 minutes until it is slightly firm.

Make the Football -
Remove the cheese from the fridge and get the entire amount shaped into a ball with your hands (yes, only hands work here) and then shape it into a football, creating an oval with a point on each end.

Roll the ball in the topping, pushing the topping on with your hands where needed. Place the ball on a platter.

Grab you bag of mayo, snip the corner and decorate the ball with football stitches as you would a cake or cookie. (You may want to test some lines on another plate first).

Serve with crackers or firm chips.

Julia Montgomery Stewart

Nicknamed “Julia Child” at a young age, our own Julia is most at home in the kitchen. Lately, she has combined her culinary talents with a new hobby—fitness and healthy living. As a result, her recipes reflect an intriguing balance between eating well without sacrificing flavor. Outside the home, Julia is a consummate event planner, and spent the first ten years of her career as a publicist before expanding her portfolio of talents with the launch of Live Pretty in 2010. Balancing the busy demands of career and family, Julia lives with her husband and daughter in Orlando, Florida. In addition to her work in marketing, she serves a number of community organizations and initiatives in Central Florida.

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