Bacon-Jalapeño Cheese Ball

Bacon-Jalapno Cheese Ball

It’s Super Bowl week, which means it’s time to talk party food! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Dessert is my favorite meal of the day, with appetizers coming in a close second. Dips, chips, spreads, little bites… I love it all. Which naturally makes this one of my favorite weeks of the year. To get you ready for the big game, I’ll be sharing some new favorite appetizers this week, starting with this amazing cheese ball. You may remember that I broke my cheese ball dry spell last year with a recipe I got from my grandma, the world’s best pimento cheese ball. Later on in the year, I came across this bacon and jalapeño-loaded cheese ball and have been dying to try it ever since. I finally got around to it and realized that I had waited much, much too long to make it. In order to make up for lost time, I proceeded to eat almost the entire thing in one sitting. True story.

Bacon-Jalapeno Cheese Ball

Even though I’ve been seeing more recipes for cheese balls recently, I still feel like they give off a little bit of a retro vibe. They remind me of my parents having company over in the 80’s. I am all for making the cheese ball the coolest thing since sliced bread once again. Seriously, what’s not to love? You mix together a ton of cream cheese, shredded cheese, then an assortment of other add-ins and seasonings. Chill, then slather on cracker after cracker, after cracker. You might call it an appetizer. I might call it lunch. Tomato, tomahto.

Bacon-Jalapeno Cheese Ball

This particular cheese ball is what I’d refer to as the ultimate cheese ball. In addition to the cream cheese and cheddar cheese, it’s also packed with bacon, chopped jalapeños and seasonings and spices like cumin, cayenne and Worcestershire sauce that make it the crème de la crème of cheese balls… if there were such a thing. It is most definitely a cheese ball that is perfectly fitting for your Super Bowl get together!

Bacon-Jalapeno Cheese Ball

One year ago: White Russian Winter Milkshake
Two years ago: Cream Cheese-Stuffed, Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeños
Three years ago: Mushroom-Herb Macaroni and Cheese
Five years ago: Lemon Meringue Pie

Bacon-Jalapeño Cheese Ball

Servings 10 to 12 servings
Prep 15 minutes
Chilling time 1 hour
Total 1 hour 15 minutes
Course:Appetizer
Cuisine:American
Author: Michelle
A good old-fashioned cheese ball gets the works with bacon, jalapeños and lots of flavor!

Ingredients:

  • 8
    ounces
    cream cheese
    (at room temperature)
  • 2
    ounces
    Cheddar cheese
    (shredded (about ½ cup))
  • 6
    slices
    bacon
    (cooked crisp and chopped, divided)
  • 2
    jalapeños
    (seeded and finely chopped, divided)
  • 1
    garlic clove
    (minced)
  • 2
    tablespoons
    chopped fresh parsley
  • 1
    teaspoon
    lime juice
  • ½
    teaspoon
    Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼
    teaspoon
    ground cumin
  • Pinch
    cayenne pepper
  • ¼
    cup
    chopped pecans
    (toasted)

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the cream cheese, Cheddar cheese, half of the bacon, half of the jalapeños, the garlic, parsley, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, ground cumin and cayenne pepper until well combined.
  2. On a large plate, stir together the remaining bacon, the remaining jalapeños and the toasted pecans until evenly combined. Shape the cream cheese mixture into a ball. Roll the ball in the pecan mixture until coated on all sides.
  3. Wrap the ball in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving. Serve with your favorite crackers. Leftovers should be wrapped tightly and can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Recipe Notes:

Nutritional values are based on one serving

Nutrition:

Calories: 176kcal
Fat: 16g
Saturated fat: 7g
Cholesterol: 39mg
Sodium: 199mg
Potassium: 85mg
Carbohydrates: 1g
Sugar: 1g
Protein: 4g
Vitamin A: 9.2%
Vitamin C: 5.6%
Calcium: 6.6%
Iron: 1.8%

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