Every year my son asks me to make this pepperoni cheeseball. It’s tradition! He loves that it looks like a football so it’s the perfect super bowl appetizer recipes, but I love that I can make it head and don’t have to reheat it making it the BEST super bowl dips! This game day appetizers can be made ahead and the flavor explosiong is amazing! This football appetizer is a favorite at all our parties, events, and potlucks too!
Our families traditional pepperoni cheeseball looks like a football and is quick and EASY, making it the perfect super bowl appetizer recipe! We have lots of best super bowl dips we’ve tried, but this one combines the quick, make-ahead nature of a cheesball, with crowd pleasing pepperoni pizza flavor! This football appetizer is simple to make, but with such a satisfying flavor you will find you make this cheeseball recipes more than just February; it makes a great potluck dish, game night appetizer, and no-fuss party appetizer too!
All you need to make this simple cheese ball dip are a few simple ingredients:
- cream cheese,
- Italian seasoning
- parmesan cheese
- pepperoni slices
- sour cream or cream cheese (optional)
- Serve with pretzels, crackers, etc.
This part is optional if you are really short on time, but the amount of flavor packed in with this simple step is not-to-be-missed in my book! Start out by cooking 5-6 slices of bacon in your favorite skillet. I use this skillet as it is naturally non-stick and cooks things evently and QUICKLY!
HINT: To make it go quicker, you can cut or slice the bacon before cooking as small pieces of bacon cook quicker and save time crumbling later!
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If you have hole slices of bacon, remove them now. If you pre-sliced the bacon, just leave it in the pan with the bacon grease. Add 1/2 cup diced onion to the bacon grease and cook over medium heat until the onions are soft and lightly brown on the edges. Remove from heat.
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I love using my food processor because it does all the heavy lifting for me and I get this delicious pizza dip in just a couple seconds! Dump 16 oz cream cheese, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, 8 oz shredded mozzarella, ½ cup parmesan cheese, cooked bacon and onions, and drained pimientos in the food processor.
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Turn on your food processor or pulse until the mixture is smooth and even. It will smell amazing!
HINT: YOu can put the mixture in a ziplock bag and keep in the refrigerature for a couple hours or several days. Leaving it a couple hours is optional, but the flavors will blend and intensify just enough to give it a really deep, yummy flavor!
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Shape as a cheeseball, pizza, or football if you are using it for your game day appetizer!
Add pepperoni clices all over and around your dip. You can make them touch for a continuous layer, or leave spaces between.
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I put sour cream in a ziplock bag and cut off the bottom corner. Now I can pipe the lace to give it the complete football look!
This is some serious comfort food here!
I love make-ahead appetizers that work around my busy schedule! When you are ready just pull it out and you are ready to finish your dip.
Whether you are making this yummy appetizer for a potluck, party, game night, or super bowl party – it is going to be a huge hit. We never have any leftovers!
Our guests always rave about the amazing flavor, consistency, and adorable look of this easy appetizer dip!
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Pepperoni Football Cheeseball Appetizer Dip
- 16 ounces cream cheese
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 8 ounces mozarella cheese shredded
- 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese shredded
- 1 package pepperoni slices (mini work best)
- 5-6 slices bacon
- 1/2 cup onion finely chopped
- 4 ounces pimientos jar, drained
- sour cream or cream cheese additional to pipe
- Assorted Dippers: pretzels, crackers, pita chips, etc.
- In a frying pan cook 5-6 slices bacon. Cut up the bacon to speed it up!
- When bacon is browned, add 1/2 cup diced onion to the pan and cook over medium heat until tender. Remove from heat.
- In a food processor mix cream cheese, Italian seasoning, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, cooked bacon & onion mixture, and drained jar of pimientos. Pulse until smooth.
- Scoop dip in a large ziplock bag and refrigerate until ready to serve. If you have time, give it a couple hours to let the flavors mix well and cream cheese set up and hold the shape better.
- When ready to serve, shape in a ball or football on a serving platter. Cover with pepperoni slices on sides and top.
- Add the lace line with perpendicular lines with sour cream or cream cheese in a ziplock bag with corner cut off.
- Serve with pretzels, pita chips, crackers, etc.