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Bowl Games Cheese Ball

2 Comments | Written on December 20, 2011 at 5:00 am , by

 HAPPY NEW YEAR BETTER RECIPES! 

As 2011 winds down and everyone is gearing up for big celebrations this weekend, I wanted to offer one last recipe to make your get-together a sensation.

Isn’t that fun!  It’s a football shaped cheese ball – the perfect snack to munch on while watching all the Bowl games this weekend!  This recipe for “Pigskin Frenzy Cheez Ball” was the winner of the Kellogg’s Tailgating Dips, Spreads, and Snack Mix Challenge.  Three cheers for Mary Shivers!

(Don’t forget, the final Kellogg’s recipe contest of the year, the Holiday Cookie and Desserts Challenge ends today!) 

Who will you be cheering for this weekend?  I have to give a shout out to my beloved Northwestern Wildcats  – I hope they bring home a victory in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas on the 31st!!

Click here for a full list of 2011/2012 Bowl games.

Tip:  This recipe calls for 2 cups of finely crushed Cheez-It Crackers to create the coating for your football shaped cheese ball.  You can crush them quickly and easily in a food processor, or do it the old-fashioned way.  With a sealed plastic bag and a rolling pin!

PIGSKIN FRENZY CHEEZ BALL  (click here to view and print recipe)

Ingredients:

12 oz             Cream Cheese, softened

8 oz             Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese

2 Tbsp             Grated Parmesan Cheese

¼ tsp             Seasoned Salt

1 tsp             Worcestershire Sauce

3 Tbsp             Thinly Sliced Green Onions

6 slices             Bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled

2 cups             Finely Crushed Cheez-it Crackers

2 Tbsp             (from a 4 Oz. Jar) Sliced Pimento Peppers, well drained

1             (7 Oz.) Pkg. Carr’s Whole Wheat Crackers

1             (5 Oz.) Pkg. Carr’s Rosemary Crackers

Directions:

In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, cheddar cheese, Parmesan, seasoned salt, and Worcestershire sauce on low speed until well mixed. Stir in green onions and bacon. Cover and chill for 1 hour. Use damp hands to shape the cheese mixture into a ball. Spread crushed crackers in a 5-inch circle on a sheet of plastic wrap. Use the plastic wrap to press the cheese ball into the shape of a football by flattening the ball and rounding each end, pressing crushed crackers evenly into cheese ball. Place on a serving plate. Arrange the pimento slices on top like laces on a football. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving. Arrange Carr’s crackers around edge of platter before serving.

Helpful Tips:

This may be made into six mini football-shaped cheese balls for individual servings.

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