Bacon Sriracha Football Cheese Ball

Tailgating is a well-loved Wisconsin tradition. Whether the party is outdoors or inside, fans will dig right into this savory appetizer with a hint of sweetness and some spicy heat. It’s the perfect party centerpiece for your game-day menu!

Bacon Sriracha Football Cheese Ball
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Ingredients List


  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Place baking rack on an aluminum foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Place bacon strips in a single layer on rack; rub each strip with brown sugar. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes. Bake 15-20 minutes or until crisp. Cool completely. Crumble bacon; cover and refrigerate.

  2. Beat gouda, cream cheese, butter, green onion, soy sauce, garlic powder and pepper in bowl; mix well. Shape into a ball; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 1 hour. Remove from refrigerator. Shape cheese ball into a football. Rewrap; refrigerate for least 1 hour.

  3. Press bacon onto football just before serving. Arrange mozzarella on football for laces. Serve with vegetables and pretzels.

Recipe Tip

  • Any brand of Wisconsin cream cheese or mozzarella cheese can be used.
  • Substitute a milder Wisconsin gouda cheese if you don’t want the spicy heat, or swap in a Wisconsin pepper jack cheese if you can't find Roth® Sriracha gouda cheese.


Cheesemonger Tip

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Do you have questions when shopping for cheese? Ask the cheesemonger! A cheesemonger specializes in the buying and selling of high-quality cheese, usually available in the specialty section of a grocery store or cheese shop. Knowledgeable and passionate, a cheesemonger is a go-to resource for cheese varieties and pairings, proper cheese storage and handling, its cooking applications and cheese brand information.

Sriracha Gouda is whole milk gouda flavored with Sriracha sauce – made with chili peppers, garlic, sugar and salt – and it gives the cheese a spicy zing!