Okay, this is a variation of a cheese ball recipe, but instead of forming the cheese spread into a cheese ball, I made it into a cheese football. Yesterday morning, I was excited about getting to watch the Georgia-Florida football game that was going to be on TV at 3:30. I felt pretty good, so I decided to invite some folks over to watch the game with us. I had some party ideas, and, of course, as a true southerner, any get-together has to include some party food, so I began scrambling around the kitchen to see what I could make with ingredients I had on hand. I really didn’t want to go to the supermarket. I had stuff for salsa, some chips, stuff for dips, and some sweets, but I really wanted to make a cheese ball. Did I have enough cheese, I wondered? Yep, along with some other ingredients I could use in a cheese ball recipe. It was a big hit! Like I said, I made the cheeseball into the shape of a football. I used strips of red bell pepper to make a “G” on top, since we’re big Georgia Bulldog fans. This cheese ball would serve great as Super Bowl party food. In fact, if we have a Super Bowl party next year, I’ll definitely serve this cheese ball! If you like, you can roll the finished ball in chopped nuts. Hubby can’t eat many nuts, so I didn’t do this step. Oh, and by the way, Georgia beat the Gators. Go Dawgs!
⅓ cup diced red bell pepper
½ small onion, chopped
8 ouces cream cheese, softened
½ stick butter, softened
2 cups shredded Colby Jack cheese
¼ cup chopped almonds
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons chipotle powder
1 teaspoon Liquid Smoke
garlic salt, to taste
Place Diced pepper and onion in a large microwave-safe bowl and zap for one minute. Dry the veggies on paper towels and return to the bowl. Add the cream cheese and microwave for one more minute.
Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Place the bowl in the fridge to get firm. When the mixture is firm enough to hold its shape, form it into a ball, a football, a cheese log, or in any other shape you’d like.
Keep the cheese ball or cheese log in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Surround with your favorite crackers.