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