This ball of cheese is so delicious it could quite possibly be a crime!
This is the perfect appetizer that you can make ahead of time and is sure to be a hit at your next get together. I served mine at “The Big Game” you know that one that is usually played on a Sunday and that this year my team in orange didn’t really show up to- but whom I continue to be a fan of regardless! The nice thing was that despite the game we had lots of great food to keep us distracted!
So here you go!
2 packages of sliced bacon cooked (you can use less, but well my family loves bacon)
1 (8 ounce) block of cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar jack cheese
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper and a pinch more (depending on how spicy you like things)
6 ounces spinach or I used a bad of garden mix (includes arugula, spinach etc)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 small yellow onion, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
Cook your bacon with your preferred method- I do mine in the oven for less mess and then get rid of all the oil afterwards.
Cook your spinach over medium heat in a pan until wilted and cooked through.
Sprinkle the spinach with salt and set aside to cool and drain off its natural liquids. Once your greens have cooled chop them up.
Add your onion to the skillet and cook until its translucent and a tiny bit golden. Now it is time to add the garlic to the skillet and cook for about 1 minute- Remember don’t overcook your garlic or it will taste bitter. Remove from heat.
Put your cream cheese in a large bowl. Add the shredded cheese, your cooked onions, garlic, half of the chopped bacon, chopped spinach, and cayenne pepper and stir until you see that everything is evenly combined.
Roll the cream cheese mixture into a large ball and then roll in the remaining chopped bacon. Wrap tightly and refrigerate. Once your cheese ball has cooled and become more solid you are ready to serve! I put out crackers and some veggies as well and this was a total hit!