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 centerpiece for your game-day menu!

Bacon Sriracha Football Cheese Ball
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Active Time
40 Minutes


Ingredients List


Look for the Proudly Wisconsin Badge when shopping for cheese. Any brand of Wisconsin Cream Cheese, Gouda or Mozzarella can be used in this recipe.


  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Place a lightly greased 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 for 15-20 minutes or until bacon is crisp. Cool completely. Crumble bacon; cover and refrigerate.
  2. Meanwhile, beat the gouda, cream cheese, butter, green onion, soy sauce, garlic powder and pepper in bowl until mixture is combined. Shape into a ball; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 1 hour. 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

  • 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!

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