Buffalo Ranch Football Cheese Ball

You’re guaranteed touchdown status at your next game day party with this Buffalo Ranch Football Cheese Ball! This crazy easy appetizer can be made in advance and is portable and DELICIOUS!

You're guaranteed touchdown status at your next game day party with this Buffalo Ranch Football Cheese Ball! This crazy easy appetizer can be made in advance and is portable and DELICIOUS!

You guys have no idea how excited I am to FINALLY be sharing this recipe with you! I’ve been keeping this baller Buffalo Ranch Football a secret for entirely too long and I’m so happy to finally be able to shout it from the rooftops.

TOUCHDOWWWWWNNNNN!

I created this legendary football cheese ball in partnership with Save-A-Lot to show y’all how tailgate party eats can be budget friendly oh-so-affordable.

We’re talking .99 cent hot sauce and .22 cent jalapeños affordable here! They make it easy to save money on all the essentials. My local store even carries Fresh From Florida Produce and supports local farmers too. After comparing my receipt with another store’s prices I basically wanted to high-five the cashier. They even gave my pint-sized shopping buddy a banana to eat while I shopped.

While I know that football season is *supposed* to be more about the actual football and less about edible footballs, let’s not kid ourselves here.

The best part about watching the game is the food!

Buffalo sauce, ranch dressing, and copious amounts of cheese reign supreme when it comes to game day favorites and this crowd-pleasing appetizer rocks ALL THREE.

SCORE!

Buffalo Ranch Football Cheese Ball
You're guaranteed touchdown status at your next game day party with this Buffalo Ranch Football Cheese Ball! This crazy easy appetizer can be made in advance and is portable and DELICIOUS!

Buffalo Ranch Football Cheese Ball

The flavors here are unreal, y’all! You can make it ultra-spicy by adding extra hot sauce and jalapeños or keep it as is for a delightfully zesty spread that’s great on everything from crackers to pretzels to veggies. I think celery sticks and buttery crackers are tied for my favorite dip delivery method, though I’m fairly certain y’all can put this on everything! Think of it as a jazzed up pimento cheese that turns everything it comes into contact with into instant party food.

As written this feisty football yields about 24 (2 TBSP) servings. You can go all out and double the recipe to feed  a massive crowd or also halve the recipe and make a mini football for a super small gathering if need be, it’s uber flexible and so. flipping. delicious.

Let’s do this!

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You're guaranteed touchdown status at your next game day party with this Buffalo Ranch Football Cheese Ball! This crazy easy appetizer can be made in advance and is portable and DELICIOUS!

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Buffalo Ranch Football Cheese Ball

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You're guaranteed touchdown status at your next game day party with this Buffalo Ranch Football Cheese Ball! This crazy easy appetizer can be made in advance and is portable and DELICIOUS!

Below you'll find detailed instructions to take out any guesswork. This recipe comes together FAST and is super easy to prepare.

Ingredients

  • 2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese
  • 2 jalapeños (save 3 TBSP for outside)
  • 1 bell pepper (added all but 3 TBSP to interior)
  • 1/4 cup green onion inside 2-3 TBSP outside
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (1/4 cup removed)
  • 1/4 cup "Red Hot" hot sauce or Buffalo sauce
  • 1 packet ranch dip seasoning mix
  • 1 (8 oz) package grated cheddar cheese

EXTRAS

  • sour cream for the football laces
  • choose your favorite dippers: crackers, pretzels, chips, carrot sticks, celery sticks

Instructions

  1. Add your cream cheese to a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Remove seeds + stem from peppers and finely dice.
  3. Chop green onion and walnuts.
  4. Remove 3 TBSP of your jalapeño, 3 TBSP bell pepper, 2-3 TBSP of green onion, and about 1/4 cup of walnuts and set aside. This will coat the outside of your cheese ball.
  5. Add the rest of the veggies/nuts to your cream cheese along with the hot sauce, ranch dip seasoning mix, and cheddar cheese. Mix well using a fork or spatula. You could also use an electric hand mixer if you prefer!
  6. Making it spicy? Give the mixture a little taste test on a cracker and add more hot sauce and jalapeño if desired. Try not to eat it all right then and there!
  7. Once ready, scoop out mixture with a rubber spatula and add to a sheet of plastic wrap or parchment paper and form into an oval shape. Flatten the top of the oval, pinching the ends and pressing the sides while shaping it into a football. You'll want to press down on the middle and sort of pinch the sides while you press it into an edible football. I promise it's super duper easy, relive those childhood play dough days and have fun with it!
  8. Place in fridge for 10-15 minutes to set the football. If mixture appears super soft, allow longer chill time.
  9. For the optional (but awesome!) laces: Place a few spoonfuls of sour cream in a quart-sized plastic baggie and press into one corner of the bag. Twist the excess bag to make a faux piping bag and snip the end. Pipe laces by making one long vertical line in along the center of the cheese ball and several short horizontal lines.  This takes only seconds to do and looks SO COOL!

Notes

You can use just one bell pepper (any color) or grab a bag of multicolor peppers.

Those super cute sweet mini peppers work great here!

MAKE AHEAD INSTRUCTIONS:

Make this crazy flavorful buffalo ranch football cheese ball in advance for your game day spread. It requires zero cooking and tastes fantastic the next day. For a crunchy coating, you can chop up your walnuts and peppers and store them seperatley in airtight containers until just before serving, then press them into the football. Store the chopped peppers in the fridge and the chopped walnuts on your counter, easy peasy!  The cheeseball itself can be mixed, formed into a football, and stored in your fridge for up to 4 days.

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You're guaranteed touchdown status at your next game day party with this Buffalo Ranch Football Cheese Ball! This crazy easy appetizer can be made in advance and is portable and DELICIOUS! You're guaranteed touchdown status at your next game day party with this Buffalo Ranch Football Cheese Ball! This crazy easy appetizer can be made in advance and is portable and DELICIOUS!

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I’m kind of freaking out over how good this is.

You probably won’t believe me when I say that I shared this touchdown dish with friends, but I swear I actually shared this time! I mean…. Paul and I did eat like half of it before making it to their house but that comes as no surprise right?  Of course I *HAD* to run quality control on this bad boy, right? It’s not my fault that it’s irresistible!

I mean, ok, it IS but whatever! I’ll behave next time.

Maybe.

Probably not.

You're guaranteed touchdown status at your next game day party with this Buffalo Ranch Football Cheese Ball! This crazy easy appetizer can be made in advance and is portable and DELICIOUS!

We couldn’t keep our hands off of it!

SAVE TIME! Make this crazy flavorful buffalo ranch football cheese ball in advance for your game day spread. It requires zero cooking and tastes fantastic the next day. For a crunchy coating, you can chop up your walnuts and peppers and store them seperatley in airtight containers until just before serving, then press them into the football. Store the chopped peppers in the fridge and the chopped walnuts on your counter, easy peasy!  The cheeseball itself can be mixed, formed into a football, and stored in your fridge for up to 4 days. Awesome, right?!

SAVE MONEY! Shopping Save-A-Lot‘s every day prices (up to 40% lower than other grocery stores!) will give you all the game day goodness at a fraction of the price. They basically have everything you need to complete your game day spread: produce, snacks, drinks, and paper products to serve it all up on. Want to save even more? View your Weekly Ad to see weekly sales and specials and check out their Smart Shopper Email Club too!

SAVE THIS RECIPE FOR LATER! Seriously, it’s #SOCRAZYGOOD

Bonkers for Buffalo Sauce? Try my Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash Bowls and Buffalo Shrimp Dip next!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Save-A-Lot. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Edwina at Induction Cooking

I love this, it looks so perfect. And delicious! I must try making this. I wish I was eating it right now, yum.

    Jenn

    Thank you Edwina! I wish I was eating it right now too – we need to throw a football party stat! 🙂 xoxo

Kelly D

My favorite tailgate appetizer is nachos and cheese.

    Jenn

    Nachos are LIFE! Thanks for entering Kelly! 🙂

Joyce | Pups with Chopsticks

That is such a cute way to plate a cheeseball! So much more easier to scoop and than a rolly polly ball! I love how your cheeseball is PACKED with yummy ingredients too! 😀

    Jenn

    Thanks Joyce! I could seriously eat this all season long… so good! 🙂

Lisa Bryan

This is seriously the cutest thing I’ve seen for game day parties. Definitely gonna make this one!

    Jenn

    Thank you Lisa! Hope you adore it!

Tim

My favorite tailgating appetizer is barbecued rope sausage wrapped in a tortilla. I grew up in Texas and we called that a Texas corndog!!

    Jenn

    Thanks for entering Tim! Texas Corndogs sound awesome!

Ginny

I’ve got to say that’s one of the prettiest cheese balls I’ve ever seen. We are new to an area and my husband has found the Save-A-Lot. I need to go with him!

    Jenn

    Thank you Ginny! I was really impressed by the low prices and the produce was top quality too! 🙂

Andrea @ Cooking with Mamma C

Your football-shaped dip is adorable! I bet it’s delicious too. I’m a long-suffering Browns fan, so football is more about the food, for sure.

    Jenn

    Soooooo delicious, thanks Andrea! Haha my team is doing awful this year so we’re def in it for the food and moral support to our losing team! xo

Kristen

My favorire are Asian style sweet & spicy wings.

    Jenn

    YUM!!! Thanks for entering Kristen!

Kim O

i always make crockpot grape jelly meatballs. everyone’s fave.

    Jenn

    Yum!!!! My mom makes those and I love them so! Great idea + thanks for entering Kim 🙂

Valentina

Bring on the game! Such a perfect game day treat!

Janice R.

My favorite tailgate appetizer is tortilla chips with salsa and I also love pigs in a blanket w/ mustard.

    Jenn

    Chips and salsa are always a win here! Thanks for entering Janice 🙂

Nancy Loring

A favorite in this house is sweet and sour kielbasa. It is usually the first thing to go.

    Jenn

    Sounds awesome Nancy – thanks for entering!!

Patty @ Spoonabilities

This is adorable! And it looks so good too.

shelly peterson

I like a good pot of home made chili.
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    Jenn

    Me too Shelly! Thank you for entering the giveaway 🙂

Jenn

Oh my gosh, this is so cute! Perfect for parties and game day eats! My hubby is a football coach so I definitely need to try this!

Chris

Oh wow! This looks seriously amazing, Jenn!! And you’re totally right, the best part about watching the game is ALL about the food.

    Jenn

    Yessss! Football food is the BEST! Thanks Chris 🙂

manda shank

I love buffalo wings

    Jenn

    Meeeeee too! Buffalo sauce FTW! Thanks for entering Manda 🙂

Ellen

Great for game day! Great for tailgating! Love easy to transport dishes.

Ashley Kolpak

Buffalo chicken wing dip

    Jenn

    Love it – thanks for entering Ashley!

Deborah

I like pigs in a blanket

    Jenn

    Those are always so tasty! Thanks for entering Deborah! 🙂

Vicky @ Avocado Pesto

Now that is quite the deal! 22 cent jalapenos is amazing! WOW and this looks gorgeous!

    Jenn

    Right?! They were so fresh and crisp too 🙂 Thanks Vicky!

Susan Christy

Spicy grilled wings are my favorite

    Jenn

    SO good! Thanks for entering Susan!

Joan Kubes

I love hot wings!

Angela Hendricks

I love dips and cheeseballs! Oh and meatballs too! I could live off of those three items!

Lisa Brown

My favorite is buffalo chicken dip. I’m intrigued by this spin on it. I’ll have to give it a try.

    Jenn

    Thanks for entering Lisa 🙂 It’s such a great dip! Hope you get a chance to try this as well – we’re LOVING it and already plan on making another one this month!

Jenny | Honey and Birch

I’m such a sucker for anything buffalo cheese! This is perfect for tailgating.

Emily

I love to make Frank’s buffalo dip!

    Jenn

    Woot! Thanks for entering Emily!

Paula - bell'alimento

Sliders and wings are my go to but this is absolutely adorable. Love it.

    Jenn

    Thank you Paula! That sounds like a great combo for game day!

Sabrina

What a perfect recipe for the gameday snack table! Yum!

Renee - Kudos Kitchen

What a pretty football. *words I never thought I’d say*

Erin @ The Speckled Palate

Oh my word, my husband and our friends are going to flip over these flavors! YUM! So perfect for Saturday!

Amy @ Little Dairy on the Prairie

This is perfect for every Sunday!

    Jenn

    I’m with you on that! Edible footballs all weekend- every weekend!!

Krista

Not only does this sound amazing but it looks amazing too!

judith

guacamole!

    Jenn

    Always delicious! Thanks for entering Judith!

Erin M

I always make swedish meatballs for tailgate parties.

    Jenn

    Sounds fantastic Erin! Thank you for entering! 🙂

Kayla Klontz

My favorite would be queso dip!

    Jenn

    Yesssss! I always hog the queso! Thanks for entering Kayla!

Eileen Boyce

Cheese and veggies with buffalo dip.

    Jenn

    Always a great choice! Thanks for entering Eileen! <3

Carol Ezovski

My favorite is tortilla roll ups with cheese and ham

    Jenn

    Yum!!! Thanks for entering Carol!

stella methvin

mostly taco dip and Hubs must have pigs in a blanket too.

    Jenn

    Love a good taco dip! Thanks for entering Stella! 🙂

Tracie Cooper

My family loves buffalo chicken dip!

    Jenn

    Such good flavor! Thanks for entering Tracie!

Lisa

I love loaded nachos.

Kimmy Ripley

Antipasto skewers for the win!

    Jenn

    Ooh those sound good! Thanks for entering Kimmy! 🙂

Mary Gardner

My favorite tailgate appetizer is jalapeño poppers or buffalo dip and chips.

    Jenn

    I always beeline for both! Thanks for entering Mary! 🙂

Trisha Musgrave

I absolutely love pickle and onion wraps!!!

Anita Jude

Your football-shaped dip sounds wonderful

Kelsey vinson

All about the hot wings!!

Kristin

AMAZING recipe. The cheese is smooth and creamy and the veggies add the perfect amount of crunchy texture. So much flavor — gets devoured during all get-togethers!

Kathy

This looks so good, would like to try it…but is there something I could use instead of nuts? Maybe chopped celery?

    Jenn

    Hey Kathy! You could use more peppers or any other veggies your heart desires! Celery sounds awesome and bacon would also be amazing!xo

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