Cheese balls are back! Try your hand at this fun pigskin cheese ball shaped like a football and encased in delicious, crispy bacon. The recipe is below. For hands-on training, take a look at the quick “how to” video above.
If preparing with your family, you may need a little more bacon for snacking during the cheese ball creation process!
2 pounds of sliced bacon, divided
1 medium jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
20 ounces of cream cheese, room temperature
1½ cups shredded white Cheddar cheese
2 thin slices of provolone, white Cheddar or mozzarella
3 green onions, roots and tough top greens removed, finely chopped
½ teaspoon garlic salt
¼ teaspoon white pepper
¾ teaspoon Creole seasoning
Preheat t oven to 400 degrees. Lay the bacon sliced in even layers on two baking sheets. Bake until crisp, about 12 minutes. Remove from oven and drain bacon on paper towels. When cool, coarsely chop and set aside.
Place the room temperature cream cheese and 1½ cups shredded Cheddar cheese in the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix on medium speed until combined.
Add the green onions, ½ cup chopped cooked bacon, chopped jalapeno, garlic salt, white pepper and Creole seasoning. Mix to combine.
Place a large piece of plastic wrap on a work surface. Place the cheese mixture in the middle of the plastic wrap and form it into a football. Cover loosely with the plastic wrap and refrigerate for two hours or overnight.
When ready to serve, remove the cheese ball from the refrigerator and place on a work surface. Cover the cheese ball completely with the remainder of the cooked bacon. Cut the cheese slices into ¼-inch wide strips. Place two longer strips down the middle of the football. Place five smaller strips of cheese over the long strips to create the football laces. Transfer to a serving platter.