Saturday, February 4, 2012

An Easy Edible Super Bowl Party Cheese Football to Make With Your Kids for the Big Game

Good Food 

Here's a fun and healthy treat that you and the kids can make together if you're having (or going to) a Super Bowl party on Sunday. Come to think of it, I bet this edible snack would be a real hit (I mean kick) at any occasion that involves hungry football fanatics. 

This recipe and photo, provided by my friends at the California Milk Advisory Board, calls for Monterey Jack and Blue Cheese but I think this would be really good with any other cheese you like, such as grated cheddar cheese, so definitely feel free to experiment. I hope you and your kids have as much fun making this and you do eating it.

California Cheese Football 

Makes 1 Football

2/3 cup (6 ounces) California Cream Cheese 
2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt 
1/8-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cups (8 ounces) grated California Monterey Jack cheese
2 cups (8 ounces) crumbled California Blue Cheese
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted 
2/3 cup coarsely crushed rye crackers 

In a large bowl or food processor, combine Cream Cheese, garlic, salt and cayenne pepper. Beat or process until blended and smooth. Add Monterey Jack and Blue cheeses as well as walnuts, and beat vigorously until ingredients are evenly mixed. If using a food processor, take care not to over-mix; cheese should retain some of its texture. 

Chilling is not essential; however, the mixture will be easier to shape if refrigerated for 2-3 hours. Spread rye cracker crumbs on a large plate or sheet of waxed paper. Dampen your hands with water to keep the cheese mixture from sticking to them. Pat and press mixture into a football shape; don't worry about keeping the shape perfect. Pat on cracker crumbs, pressing gently so the crackers stick. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill until ready to serve. 

Optional: Decorate cheese football with laces made from sour cream (or string cheese!). To pipe on sour cream, snip the corner of a plastic sandwich bag. Spoon sour cream into bag and gently squeeze out of the snipped end to pipe onto football shape. 

Readers Note: Please send me your photos if you make this yummy cheese football. I'll add them to this post with a link back to your own site. To participate just email low res JPGs no larger than 4"x 6" or 6" x 4" with requested link to janis at janis elspas dot com

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