Football season is a pretty big deal in our home. It’s a time when family and friends come together to cheer on favorite teams and playfully encourage rivalries. While we do try to go to games at the stadium at least once or twice a year, our favorite way to make game time memorable is by homegating with family and friends. You see, while we can totally pack up and take an awesome spread to the game, for us there is nothing like creating a homegating part on our own back porch where we can cheer, celebrate and enjoy the atmosphere that only football season can deliver. It’s not uncommon at all for us to have a house full of hungry football fans any time a game is on and to ensure that we have a game time worthy celebration, my go-to homegating recipe is my easy-to-make and always impressive Game Time Cheese Football!
I’ll admit, I’ve spent no small amount of time coming up with game time snacks that make our homegating celebrations memorable but over the years my Game Time Cheese Football has become the most asked for dish in our home. The creamy texture of a cheese ball paired with the bold flavors that have come to be synonymous with game days snacking make this game time snack an essential any time we’re homegating! The best part is, it’s crazy easy to make and looks so impressive! I always get tons of compliment on it from my homegating guests! I’ll be showing you how to make it soon but before we get to that, be sure to enter below to win an Ultimate Tailgate Package from El Yucateco® that includes game time essentials like a tent, wagon, Cornhole boards, Bluetooth Speaker and El Yucateco® swag! You’ll even have the chance to win $100 Visa Gift Cards to help make all your homegating and tailgating celebrations memorable.
Now that you’ve got your entry in (fingers crossed you’re a winner), let’s get back to the perfect game time dish of my Game Time Cheese Football!
What You Will Need
16 Ounces of Cream Cheese
1 Cup of Blue Cheese
3 Tablespoons of El Yucateco® Black Label Reserve
1/2 Cup of Sliced Green Onions
1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
2 Cups of Mini Pepperoni
1 Cheese Stick
Crackers and Celery for Dipping
How to Make It
While I know that my Game Time Cheese Football looks impressive, it’s deceptively simple to make! By giving my classic cheese ball recipe a flavorful twist to make it homegating ready, I can whip up with game time dish quickly and easily! To start, I added my cream cheese, blue cheese, El Yucateco® Black Label Reserve, green onions and salt to a bowl and mixed them together well.
Now, I’m sure you get the cheeses included in this cheese ball but you may find yourself asking why El Yucateco® Black Label Reserve hot sauce and than answer is easy! El Yucateco® is the #1 consumer choice! This fun, flavorful brand is something everyone can agree on for game day snacking and with ingredients that come from Field to Bottle, it includes no artificial flavors but has the same great taste that has made it the King of Flavor since 1968. Available in the International Foods aisle at my local Walmart, these perfectly sized bottles are great for creating amazing homegating recipes but can also be carried in your purse or pocket so that whether you’re tailgating, homegating, at a friends BBQ or even watching the game at a restaurant, you always have your favorite hot sauce on hand!
By adding the El Yucateco® Black Label Reserve that is created from fire roasted habanero’s and has a rich, smoky flavor, I was able to leverage the newest addition to the El Yucateco® line to add an earthy smoke flavor with the sweetness of chipolte sauce that paired perfectly with my mixture of cheeses and green onion. It brought just the right amount of heat to my cheese ball without an overpowering smoke taste!
Once I had mixed my cheese, El Yucateco® Black Label Reserve, green onions and salt together, I transferred the mixture onto a serving dish and used my hands to create a football shape (keep in mind, this doesn’t have to be perfect!). Once I had my football shape made, I placed my Game Time Cheese Football into the refrigerator for long enough for it to set (about 30 minutes). This step is not absolutely necessary if you’re homegating guests are waiting but it does help the Game Time Cheese Football to hold it’s shape!
As soon as I removed my football shaped cheese ball from the refrigerator, I pulled out my mini pepperoni and cover the surface of my cheese ball with them, creating the look and color of an actual football.
Once I had my mini pepperoni covering the entire surface of my Game Time Cheese Football, I pulled out a piece of string cheese and cut it into slices, using the longest slice to add a lace down the middle of my cheese ball and then placing the shorter slices across the long slice to create the look of laces.
Once I had my Game Time Cheese Football looking like, well, a football, I pulled out my crackers and celery and placed them around my prepared homegating dish.
Immediately I had a platter that screamed football fun and was perfect for serving to all my game time guests! Whether they dipped a cracker or crunched on a piece of celery, the Game Time Cheese Football was clearly the star of my homegating celebration!
With the creamy and smoky flavors that are synonymous with game day celebrations served up in a fun new way, my Game Time Cheese Football was a perfect way to take my homegating celebration to a whole new level!
In each and every bite of this game time essential, my homegating guests were rewarded with a burst of flavors that made our game time celebrations amazingly delicious!
I was even able to add my El Yucateco® hot sauces to the table for my guests who like a little extra heat! I quickly discovered that no matter how they ate it, this Game Time Cheese Football was as big of a score as the plays that were happening on the field!
Now it’s your turn! Whether you whip up my Game Time Cheese Football or come up with your own flavorful dish to make your homegating and tailgating celebrations memorable, be sure to start with the unmatched flavor of El Yucateco®!
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