Pepperoni Pizza Cheese Ball
This football-shaped pepperoni pizza flavored cheese ball is easy to make and a fun appetizer for game day, a tailgate party, or Super Bowl Sunday.
I came across this idea for a football-shaped cheese ball covered with mini pepperoni from Mom on Timeout and I immediately wanted to try making it.
I made a couple of adjustments to suit my family’s taste preferences. I really love how it turned out and I especially like how easy it is to make. I’m all about the low-stress appetizers.
The cheese dip is a blend of cream cheese, herbs, mozzarella, parmesan and pepperoni. Once everything is mixed together, you shape it into a ball and then let it firm up in the fridge. Then, you cover the ball with mini pepperoni.
It goes great with crackers, pretzels or tortilla chips. It’s a very flavorful dip and I plan on making it again soon!
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- 16 oz cream cheese
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tbsp finely chopped parsley
- 5 oz mini pepperoni
- 1 slice of mozzarella cheese
In a food processor, add cream cheese, mozzarella, parmesan, Italian seasoning, and parsley. Blend until cream cheese is light and fluffy.
Add in half of the mini pepperoni. Blend until pepperoni is evenly incorporated and broken into smaller pieces.
Gather up cheese and place onto a large sheet of plastic wrap. Cover cheese with plastic wrap and squeeze cheese into a tight ball, trying your best to keep it compact and eliminate any air pockets. Shape ball into a football.
Refrigerate ball for several hours to firm up. For best results, refrigerate overnight.
When cheese ball has firmed up, cover with remaining mini pepperoni. You should have enough to cover the surface of the cheese ball.
Cut mozzarella cheese slice into thin strips to make the laces for the football. You'll need one long strip and several shorter ones. Place laces on top of the pepperoni. Keep cheese ball refrigerated until ready for serving. Serve with chips, pretzels, crackers or vegetables.
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- I found that half a 5 oz bag of mini pepperoni was just enough to cover the entire surface of the football (I did not place any at the bottom). If you add other ingredients to your football which results in it being bigger, you may need more pepperoni.