September Theme: “Are You Ready For Some Football with the Cheese Ball Appetizer!”

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Maybe it's the thrill of the Friday night lights or watching your hometown team score that winning touchdown! What better way to celebrate your favorite football team than with good food and great friends and the Cheese Ball Appetizer will definitely be the hit of your tailgate party. With softened cream cheese, shredded sharp cheddar, crisp bacon and the flavor of ranch seasoning, then topped with chopped pecans, this savory snack will have you and your guests ready to bring on the big game!

Cheese Ball Appetizer

2 (8 oz.) blocks cream cheese, softened

3/4 c. shredded sharp cheddar cheese

5 strips cooked bacon, chopped

1 (1 oz.) pack ranch seasoning mix

1/4 tsp. onion powder

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 c. chopped pecans

Mozzarella string cheese

Vegetables and Crackers for serving

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the cream cheese, shredded cheese, chopped bacon, ranch seasoning mix, onion powder and garlic powder. Once creamy and combined, place on a serving dish and with hands, shape into a football. Place in the fridge for 1 hour to set, then remove and coat with chopped pecans. Cut mozzarella string cheese to make the lace, then place on top. Add your favorite vegetables and crackers around the football, then serve.

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