Jalapeño Popper Football Cheese Ball

Jalapeño Popper Football Cheese Ball

Takes , serves 30.

Ingredients

  • 16 oz cream cheese softened
  • 8 oz grated/shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4-1/3 cup chopped green onion divided
  • 1/2 cup diced pickled jalapeños extra as desired
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 slices of bacon
  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 2-3 fresh jalapeños (approx. 1/4 cup finely chopped)
  • 1 slice mozzarella or white cheddar cheese
  • Wellington Crackers

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine softened cream cheese, cheddar, pickled jalapeño, garlic powder, salt and around 2-3 TBSP chopped green onion.
  2. Using a hand mixer or a fork, mix well.
  3. Use a silicone spatula to scoop out the cheese mixture and shape into a ball with your hands.
  4. Place on a sheet of parchment paper or a cutting board and flatten the top of the ball, pinching and shaping it into a football. You’ll want to press down on the middle and sort of pinch the sides while you press it into an edible football.
  5. If cheese ball is too soft, cover with plastic and pop it in the fridge for 15-60 min.
  6. While your cheese ball chills, chop the bacon into pieces and cook until crispy in a hot pan or skillet.
  7. Remove bacon from pan and wipe clean, leaving a teeny bit of the bacon grease behind. Add your panko and lightly toast it, stirring frequently for about a minute or two until golden.
  8. Remove the seeds, veins, and stem from your jalapeño and finely chop/mince.
  9. Sprinkle/cover your cheese ball with panko, the remaining green onion, parsley, fresh jalapeño, and bacon and press firmly into the cheeseball to coat.
  10. For the laces, snag a slice of mozzarella cheese (or any cheese really) and use a sharp knife to cut it into thin slices. Cut one long slice for the center of the football and smaller slices for the laces. Place the long slice horizontally along the center of the football, then arrange the small slices horizontally on top.
  11. Top the cheese with all of the toppings above and Enjoy!