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This cheese ball is sure to score with your family and friends. Bacon, cheddar and ranch come together in this football shaped treat. Perfect for the big game or any get together!

bacon covered cheese ball in the shape of a football with cheese laces

It’s that fun time of year when we really get locked into football. People who are just kind of fans are suddenly paying attention. Even non-fans are wondering what they should eat during the big game. The folks who are just there to watch the commercials need to eat too after all!  We start warming up for the big dance by making extra snacks during the playoffs. We need to be good and ready, after all!

When we are planning the menu for a big football game, there are usually plenty of buffalo chicken options. We love our buffalo chicken dip and buffalo chicken taquitos.  We also love chili, stuffed jalapenos and kickin’ corn dip. But not everyone likes the spicy food as much as we do, so I always try to have plenty of milder options as well.

knife cutting into pig skin cheese ball ready to spread it on waiting butter crackers

This Pig Skin Cheese Ball is a perfectly fun and easy way to celebrate. The shape makes it festive football food but it is really perfect any time of year.

You can roll it into a ball of course. In fact, I recommend you do that for your next potluck. Cheese, ranch and a pound of bacon are sure to make it popular no matter the shape.  But right now, the football is the only way to go!

pig skin cheese ball on maple cutting board with crackers nearby

I made this for the Sunday games last week. They were both nailbiters.

A pot of chili and 2/3 of this cheese ball disappeared in no time. Maybe it was all the stress?

That may have had something to do with it. But the fact that it is delicious didn’t hurt anything.

In fact, as each new person arrived my husband suggested they shouldn’t try the cheese ball. “It’s terrible” he said, trying to save what was left for himself.

Then he dug in for another bite. We were all surprised he didn’t end up skipping the crackers and just go for it with a spoon as time went on.

If you are looking for more fun football shaped food, there are always the stuffed pizza footballs and MiMi makes a mean cookies and cream cheese ball that is also cute as a football! What are your favorite football watching snacks?

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American
Yield: 24 servings
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Pig Skin Cheese Ball

Pig Skin Cheese Ball

This cheese ball is sure to score with your family and friends. Bacon, cheddar and ranch come together in this football shaped treat. Perfect for the big game or any get together!
prep time: 15 Mcook time: 5 Mtotal time: 20 M

ingredients:

  • 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 16 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (1 oz) ranch seasoning mix
  • 1 pound bacon, cooked crisp
  • 1 stick string cheese

instructions:

How to cook Pig Skin Cheese Ball

  1. Chop the crisp and cooled bacon into small pieces.
  2. Stir together the cream cheese, ranch mix, cheddar and 1/3 of the bacon pieces.
  3. Form into a football shape and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least a half hour.
  4. Remove plastic wrap and football on serving tray. Press remaining bits of bacon into the ball to coat.
  5. Use string cheese to make laces on the ball.
  6. Serve with crackers.
Calories
206.39
Fat (grams)
17.00
Sat. Fat (grams)
8.11
Carbs (grams)
2.85
Fiber (grams)
0.09
Net carbs
2.76
Sugar (grams)
0.96
Protein (grams)
10.43
Sodium (milligrams)
544.84
Cholesterol (grams)
48.15
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This cheese ball is sure to score with your family and friends. Bacon, cheddar and ranch come together in this football shaped treat. Perfect for the big game or any get together!

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Jan

Sunday 21st of January 2018

Classic flavors that you can't go wrong with! Great post! Thanks for sharing, it's perfect for our football party recipe round up at celebrate 365!

Carlee

Monday 22nd of January 2018

Thanks, Jan!

Unknown

Sunday 5th of February 2017

The pig skin cheese ball is super adorable! I'm sure it's just as tasty. Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday.

Carlee

Tuesday 7th of February 2017

Thank you!

Jessica Jarrell

Thursday 2nd of February 2017

Cheeseballs are one of my absolute favorite things about the holidays, so I'm digging this football themed one! It sounds delish! Anything with bacon is always football-approved 😃

Carlee

Thursday 2nd of February 2017

It's hard to go wrong with bacon and cheese! Thanks, Jessica!

Miz Helen

Tuesday 31st of January 2017

Your Football Cheeseball looks so cute and would be great for the big game! Hope you are enjoying your day and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday! Come Back Soon Miz Helen

Carlee

Wednesday 1st of February 2017

Thank you so much, Miz Helen!

Edye Nicole

Sunday 29th of January 2017

What a fun game day snack! You're always so inventive, Carlee :)

Blessings, Edye | Http://gracefulcoffee.com

Carlee

Monday 30th of January 2017

Thank you!