Jalapeño Popper Football Cheese Ball

I can’t believe it’s already football season again, time comes and goes so quickly when you count it in sports seasons! I am not exactly the biggest football fan, but I do love a good get together striving to be the hostess with the mostest, and what better excuse is there?

This football cheese ball is perfect for any Sunday get together, and how cute is it also??!

From Peas & Crayons


  • 16 oz softened cream cheese
  • 8 oz grated sharp cheddar
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/2 cup diced pickled jalapenos
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 3 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2-3 fresh jalapenos, unseeded and diced
  • 1 slice white cheese
  • Pretzels or crackers to dip!

In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, cheddar, pickled jalapeno, garlic powder, and just a few tablespoons of the green onion (you will use the rest later!). Mix together well, then scoop and shape into a football shape. Once desired shape is reached, place on serving tray and leave in the fridge to re-cool.

Meanwhile, cook chopped bacon in pan, and reserve a little of the bacon grease. Lightly toast the panko breadcrumbs in the bacon grease for about two minutes until golden.

In a separate bowl, combine cooked bacon, breadcrumbs, chopped parsely, fresh jalapeno, and remaining green onion and mix lightly. Use this mixture to cover the football, and press firmly into the cheese to coat!

Add the lacing on the football using the slice of white cheese.

Super easy and so cute for any football party! What can’t Pinterest help us with?



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