This mini bacon ranch cheese ball recipe is so easy to make and delicious! If you’re looking for game day recipes, this is the perfect appetizer! Also, scroll down to the bottom for some brilliant Big Game recipe ideas. from my football blogger friends!
Sundays have been my favorite day of the week for a very long time. There is something about sitting down to watch football all day that really makes me happy.
Maybe it’s all the muscular men running around TV? Nah. That helps of course, but it’s football food that really gets me going.
Sunday after Sunday, we watch football from noon to night – this year our team did badly (booooo Bears) but we still watched each week. And all of those weekends leads up to the BIG weekend and the BIG game.
I’m not just a commercial girl; I am a football girl. I use the commercials to load up on plates of food and this year won’t be any different than years past.
Mini Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe
Finger foods are my favorite food group (that is a food group, right?) and this mini bacon ranch cheese ball recipe is right up my alley.
Not counting the pretzel sticks, this is a 5-ingredient appetizer recipe. And it takes about 10 minutes to make all of the mini cheese balls.
How’s that for scoring big!?
The last time I made these bacon ranch cheese balls, I only put together half of the mini cheese balls. I saved the leftover cheese mix (with the bacon and parsley added of course) for a little get together I had.
Wouldn’t you know, my guests treated it like a cheese dip and devoured it all with chips. So if you decide not to make everything into cheese balls, you’re still set with a delicious recipe. Win, win.
This mini bacon ranch cheese ball recipe is so easy to make and delicious! If you’re looking for game day recipes, this is the perfect appetizer!
- 12 ounces softened cream cheese
- 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 package ranch seasoning
- 1 cup finely chopped bacon (1 pound bacon)
- 1 tablespoon parsley
- pretzel sticks
- Add the softened cream cheese to a medium bowl and smooth with a spatula or a hand mixer. Add the cheddar cheese and ranch seasoning and mix until combined.
- In a small bowl, combine the bacon and parsley.
- Use a melon baller to scoop out a ball of the cheese mixture. Use your hands to make sure it is in a ball and then roll it in the bacon mixture. Set aside.
- Repeat until all of the cheese balls are made. Place a pretzel stick in the middle of each cheese ball and serve.
Recipe NotesPlease note that the nutritional information being supplied here is incorrect.
|Serving Size||1 cheese ball|
|Amount Per Serving||As Served|
|Calories 369 Calories from fat 245|
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat 27||42%|
|Saturated Fat 11||55%|
|Dietary Fiber 1||4%|
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
|Total Fat||Less than||65g||80g|
|Sat Fat||Less than||25g||80g|
Big Game Party Recipes
With the football season coming to a close, it’s time to start thinking about Big Game parties and inevitably, the recipes you will make and bring to yours!
In preparation, I’ve teamed up with my football blogger friends in one final collaboration to bring you some brilliant Big Game recipe ideas.
We’ve made appetizers, entrees, desserts and even drinks. Prepare to be inspired, and be sure to check out their links below!
Note: This post is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by the National Football League (NFL) or any of its teams. All opinions and views expressed on our blogs are our own, not that of the NFL and/or any of its 32 teams. Any team names, logos or other symbols referenced are properties of their respective organizations. We are just big fans — and we want to share our love for our teams, the game and the food that brings us all together on game day.
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