Nothing brings a crowd together like cheese. Creamy in texture and delicious in taste, cheese conjures up feelings of comfort. Whether you’re serving a cheese board as an appetizer, macaroni and cheese for dinner, or cheesecake for dessert, the word cheese instantly warms the heart. If you’re throwing a Super Bowl bash this year, kick off the celebration with these cheesy football party recipes. Super Bowl appetizers serve as the main course at this type of gathering, so keep your focus on the snacks (and the game, of course).
Cheese & Olive Skewers
These dainty skewers are perfect for guests who are watching their caloric intake and don’t wish to splurge on Super Bowl Sunday. Pair these snacks with white wine or martinis—a nice change from the beer-pounding, finger-licking behavior that is typical of many Super Bowl parties.
22 pitted green olives
22 oil-packed sun-dried tomato halves, drained
1 pkg. (10 oz.) Monterey Jack cheese, cut into 22 cubes
Thread ingredients onto skewers.
Crowd-Pleaser Cheese Ball
What’s creamy, nutty and cheesy all over? The Crowd-Pleaser Cheese Ball, of course! Cheese balls have become quite the staple among football party recipes, and it doesn’t look like they’re going anywhere anytime soon. Try substituting the bacon and mixed nuts for the following combinations:
Dried cranberries and sliced almonds
Chopped red peppers and walnuts
Chopped green onions and pecans
2 pkg. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
1 pkg. (8 oz.) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
4 slices bacon, cooked, crumbled
1 cup chopped mixed nuts
Mix all ingredients except nuts and crackers; cover.
Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
Shape into ball; roll in nuts. Serve with the crackers.
Bite-Size Cheese Balls
When it comes to classic football party recipes, the only thing better than a traditional cheese ball are mini cheese balls! Men like these bite-size snacks because they can pile as many as they wish onto their plate, and women enjoy keeping double-dipping offenders at bay. Want to kick them up a notch? Use shredded cheddar cheese instead of mozzarella, and add fresh basil, fresh parsley and chives for the seasonings. You can also replace the bacon with sun-dried tomatoes. YUM!
Servings: 54 cheese balls
1 tub (8 oz.) chive and onion cream cheese spread
1 pkg. (8 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese
4 slices bacon, cooked, finely chopped
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 cup toasted walnuts, ground
Mix cream cheese spread and mozzarella cheese until well blended. Stir in chopped bacon and seasonings.
Shape mixture into 54 balls, 1 level tsp. each. Roll in walnuts. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 2 hours.
Velveeta Zesty Cheeseburger Dip
Cheese dip is yet another staple amongst Super Bowl appetizers. If you’re hosting a house full of guys, though, it’s best to ‘beef up’ your cheese dip and make it more filling. In this recipe, Velveeta cheese meets ground beef and RO*TEL diced tomatoes with green chilies. The result? The irresistible flavor of a cheeseburger, only it’s a dip!
1 lb. (16 oz.) Velveeta, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 can (10 oz.) RO*TEL Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, undrained
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 lb. ground beef, cooked, drained
4 green onions, sliced
Mix all ingredients except onions in microwaveable bowl.
Microwave on high 5 minutes or until Velveeta is melted, stirring after 3 minutes. Stir in onions.
Serve with crackers and assorted cut-up fresh vegetables.
Barbecue Cheese Sliders
Super Bowl parties are filled with the five F’s: fun, football, friends, family and finger foods! If you’re looking for convenient and filling football party recipes, these barbecue sliders are inexpensive to make and over-the-top tasty. The cheese gives them a subtle creaminess and leaves you wanting another… and another… and another.
1 lb. lean ground beef
2 Tbsp. finely chopped red onions
4 slices American cheese, halved
8 slider buns, toasted
1/2 cup coleslaw
4 slices bacon, cooked, cut in half
1/3 cup Memphis-style barbecue sauce
Heat grill to medium-high heat.
Mix meat and onions; shape into 8 patties.
Grill 3 minutes on each side or until done (160ºF), topping with cheese for the last minute.
Fill buns with burgers and remaining ingredients.
Special thanks to Susan Colburn, for sharing these delicious recipes with us.