Mini cheese balls of homemade pimento cheese are rolled in a coating of crispy bacon, toasted pecans, and minced fresh jalapeños and then speared with a pretzel stick for fun, easy-to-eat appetizers!
Well, the Super Bowl countdown is officially on! So who are you rooting for…the Seahawks or the Patriots? I don’t really have a vested interest in either team this year. But I do love football, and I do love the commercials, and I absolutely adore football-watching grub…so you can bet I’ll be tuning in!
For me, the hardest part is deciding which recipes to make for the big game. Does one go for slow cooker soups and/or chili? Sliders? Pizza? Chips & dip? Cheesy bread? All of the above? Or how about something a little bit fun and a little bit different, but with a combo of flavors that’s still very Super Bowl-ish?
Today I bring you Pimento Cheese & Bacon Mini Cheese Ball Bites! If you’ve been following Five Heart Home for awhile, you may already be familiar with the Mini Cheese Ball Bites that I shared a few Christmases ago, flavored with bleu cheese and dried cranberries. That post has actually become one of my most popular recipes of all time, and I recently noticed that it was getting included in various Super Bowl recipe round-ups around the web. It was being coined as a “slightly more upscale” football-watching snack, and that got me to thinking…what if I kept the mini cheese ball bite concept but ditched the bleu cheese and cranberries for some classic game day flavors?
Soooo…say hello to mini cheese balls formed out of a homemade pimento cheese that’s loaded with cheddar and cream cheese and peppered (ha) with pimentos. Now you could always just stop with pimento cheese for game day…after all, it would be perfectly delicious slathered on crackers or as the star of a grilled cheese sandwich.
But while I realize that pimento cheese is pretty hard to top, I think that rolling it in a coating of diced bacon, toasted pecans, and minced fresh jalapeños takes it up a notch…or twelve! The saltiness of the bacon, crunch of the nuts, and the heat of the jalapeños combine to throw a little fiesta in your mouth. And don’t forget the pretzel sticks to skewer each cheese ball bite for festive and simple serving. Do these just scream Super Bowl party or what?!
So do you tune in on Super Bowl Sunday? And if so, do you care about the game or are you just in it for the snacks? Whether you’re a football fan or not, I hope you have a chance to try these Pimento Cheese & Bacon Mini Cheese Ball Bites sometime! They’re easy to make, fun to serve, and tasty to eat. Oh, and in case I neglected to mention it, they’re bursting with cheese and bacon. Make ’em for the big game, make ’em for another party, make ’em for breakfast…just make ’em. 😉
Mini Cheese Ball Bites adapted from Five Heart Home.
Pimiento Cheese adapted from All Recipes.
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