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Tasty Bacon-Ranch-Cheddar Pigskin Cheese Ball

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Football Party Appetizer - Bacon Ranch Cheddar Pigskin Cheese Ball

If I didn’t already have you at Bacon-Ranch, then hopefully “Cheddar” did the trick! After all, there’s some great football watching on the horizon, and this tasty game day recipe is easy to whip up and guaranteed to score big with the football fans in your own home.

And speaking of entertaining for game day at home, I’ve teamed up with Coca-Cola and Ritz this month to bring you some creative – and doable! – game day recipes and party ideas in conjunction with their “Home Bowl” Campaign. We’re also giving HWTM readers the chance to win one of THREE Home Bowl prize packs valued at $350 each, which should provide a very nice kick off to the ol’ party budget, right? ;)

WINNER UPDATE – Friday, January 24, 2015
Just finished selecting the winners of the contest, and it was SO much harder than I anticipated… the Pinterest boards were all so creative! Thank you so much to everyone that entered – I loved looking through the ideas every board. And the winners are: Sheri Lee, Ashley Reece, and Serena Adkins. Congrats, ladies! I’ll be in touch via email to help facilitate your prize!

And now, back to the bacon… and the ranch… and the cheddar! :)


Bacon-Ranch-Cheddar Pigskin Cheese Ball Recipe

You’ll Need:

– 2 packs dry ranch dressing mix
– 1/4 cup sour cream
– 16oz cream cheese* (regular or light)
– 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
– 1 lb bacon, cooked & chopped

*Set aside 2-3 tablespoons of your cream cheese to use for piping football “laces” on to the finished cheese ball. I just cut about a 1” strip off the short end of one of the cream cheese blocks for this.

Bacon Ranch Cheddar Pigskin Cheese Ball - Ingredients


1. Combine dry ranch and sour cream in a medium bowl. Stir until well mixed.

Football Party Recipe - Step 1

2. Fold the rest of the cream cheese and cheddar cheese and mix until all ingredients are well combined. It should look something like this:

Football Party Recipe - Step 2

3. Move the cream cheese mixture onto the middle of your serving plate, and form it into the shape of a football with your hands. (It helps to first form the mixture into an oval shaped ball, then press down and flatten it into the football shape.)

Football Party Recipe - Step 3

4. Cover the football with small pieces of bacon. We used a “mosaic style” method here… it only took a few minutes to completely cover it with both of us working.

Football Party Recipe - Step 4

5. Using your extra cream cheese and a plastic sandwich bag, pipe a few laces onto the top of the football.

Football Party Recipe - Step 5

6. Cover and chill for at least an hour, then serve with buttery Ritz crackers. Enjoy!

Football Party Appetizer - Bacon Ranch Cheddar Pigskin Cheese Ball


Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Coca-Cola® for this post. As always, the content and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the companies that make it possible for us to keep the creative content coming!

By |2016-12-25T13:50:54+00:00January 16th, 2015|Eat & Drink, Football Parties|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


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  5. Susan Christy January 19, 2015 at 7:38 am
    • Susan Christy January 22, 2015 at 6:22 am

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  7. Marie Muckey January 19, 2015 at 10:50 am
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