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.
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.
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!
Buffalo Ranch Football Cheese Ball
- 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 reserved)
- 1/4 cup “Red Hot” hot sauce or Buffalo sauce
- 1 packet ranch dip seasoning mix
- 1 8 oz package grated cheddar cheese
- sour cream for the football laces
- Add your cream cheese to a large bowl and set aside.
- Remove seeds + stem from peppers and finely dice.
- Chop green onion and walnuts.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
- 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!
- Place in fridge for 10-15 minutes to set the football. If mixture appears super soft, allow longer chill time.
- 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!
Choose your favorite dippers: crackers, pretzels, chips, carrot sticks, celery sticks
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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.
We couldn’t keep our hands off of it!
SAVE TIME! Make Ahead Option
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 separately 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?!