Recipe Pepper Jelly and Cream Cheese Football Appetizer

Pepper Jelly and Cream Cheese Football

  • Author: Joyce Pinson
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Stir
  • Cuisine: American


Especially well suited for game day tailgates and Super Bowl parties, this cheeseball recipe has it all!  Creamy, crunchy, salty and sweet – this is a fan favorite that comes together quickly! 



  • 1 8 oz block Cream Cheese
  • 3 large Jalapeno Peppers
  • 6 Strips of Bacon – oven fried
  • ½ cup of Friends Drift Inn Pepper Jelly
  • Crackers
  • Parsley for garnish (optional)


  1. Bring cream cheese to room temperature.
  2. Preheat oven to 400.
  3. Line baking tray with foil, and crisp bacon 10-15 minutes until crispy. 
  4. Drain bacon on paper towels.  Save the bacon drippings accumulated on tray.
  5. Finely mince 2 jalapenos.  In hot skillet, add 2 tablespoons of bacon dripping and wilt down peppers. 
  6. With a mixer (or a spatula) mix together cream cheese, minced jalapenos and Friends Drift Inn Pepper Jelly in large mixing bowl.  Combine well.
  7. Place mixture on final serving piece, shape into a football, cover with plastic film and chill until just before serving.
  8. Just prior to game time, strategically place postage stamp sized chunks of bacon over the cheeseball – leaving room to add jalapeno pepper strips for football laces. 
  9. Garnish with parsley.  (Optional)  We like a sea-salt pita cracker with this cheeseball recipe. 


Can be made one day ahead.

Generally, chilled food should not be held more than 2 hours at room temperature.  But this pepper jelly and cream cheese appetizer will disappear quickly-so no worries! 

As with all our recipes, this method was developed with Friends Drift Inn products.  We cannot predict how other recipes will perform. 

Keywords: pepper jelly and cream cheese, how to make a football cheeseball, jalapeno and bacon cheeseball, super bowl cheeseball, tailgating cheeseball, game day appetizer

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