Sriracha Cheese Ball – Perfect Football Food
To me cheese balls always seemed more like a retro party food. But, recently, when we were asked to share Super Bowl party ideas on WESH 2 News here in Orlando, I wanted to create a appetizer in the shape of a football and thought a ball of creamy spicy cheese was just what would work.
So, I took a traditional cheese ball recipe and added a few new things – most notably the ever-popular spicy Sriracha hot chili sauce and, of course, some bacon.
And, here you have it – the Sriracha Cheese Ball. This is a very mildly spicy appetizer, but you can spice it up with some more Sriracha if you would like. Enjoy! (And click on over here for more Super Bowl or football party ideas and printables).
Sriracha Cheese Ball
1 Medium Cheese Ball
8 oz softened cream cheese
2 cups freshly shredded cheddar cheese (NOTE: The pre-shredded cheese has a coating on it that makes it hard to blend in)
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1 T plus 1 tsp. Sriracha (NOTE: Use up to 2 T if you want spicy)
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
1 cup toasted walnuts
4-6 pieces of cooked & crispy bacon
Mayonnaise & small plastic bag (to make the football stitches)
Make the Coating –
Grind your walnuts in a food processor or high powered blender. Once they are a medium grind, add in the bacon pieces (you can break them up as you add) and grind quickly to combine. Dump on a large plate or sheet pan, set aside.
Put about 3-4 T of mayonnaise in a small plastic bag, push it over to the corner to make a pastry-like bag, refrigerate.
Make the Cheese –
Next, combine the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, Worcestershire sauce, Sriracha and sea salt in the bowl of a mixer or food processor. Mix or blend until fully combined – taste to see if you need additional salt or more Sriracha.
Take the cheese mixture and place in the fridge for about 20-30 minutes until it is slightly firm.
Make the Football –
Remove the cheese from the fridge and get the entire amount shaped into a ball with your hands (yes, only hands work here) and then shape it into a football, creating an oval with a point on each end.
Roll the ball in the topping, pushing the topping on with your hands where needed. Place the ball on a platter.
Grab you bag of mayo, snip the corner and decorate the ball with football stitches as you would a cake or cookie. (You may want to test some lines on another plate first).
Serve with crackers or firm chips.
Enjoy and happy Super Bowl watching! (Or commercial and half-time watching in my case).