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Go For A Touchdown With The Classic California Cheese Ball

No Matter Who Wins the Game these Cheese Balls Will Score Big

(January 2, 2008) Are you ready for some football—and some California cheese?

The Super Bowl is the top at-home party event of the year, even bigger than New Year's Eve. In addition, Super Bowl Sunday is the day on which Americans eat the second-greatest amount of food; only Thanksgiving is a bigger food consumption day. Tasty snacks are a Super Bowl party requirement, and you can kick off this year's ultimate TV-watching event with a Monterey Jack and Blue Cheese Football and the Peppery California Ricotta and Sharp Cheddar Cheese Ball.

The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) developed these delicious cheese balls as a way to score major points with guests. The Monterey Jack and Blue Cheese Football is a reinterpretation of the traditional cheese ball that blitzes the taste buds with three kinds of California cheese and a spicy mix of garlic and cayenne. This delicious football-shaped snack will leave your guests cheering for more.

If you feel like going for two, the Peppery California Ricotta and Sharp Cheddar Cheese Ball is another party pleaser, but without the pigskin shape. Featuring three kinds of flavorful California cheese and coated in a savory mix of chopped walnuts and green onions, this is a key addition to the playbook.

Quick to assemble and surprisingly versatile, cheese balls can be made ahead of time and set out just before your teammates arrive. Just shape the cheese mixture into a football or classic ball shape and refrigerate until ready to serve.

These appetizers can be paired with assorted crackers, breads and your choice of beer. No matter who you're rooting for, these cheesy hors d'oeuvres give you a tasty home field advantage.

Each year the CMAB develops new Super Bowl party recipes featuring California dairy products. California is the nation's leading milk producer and also produces more butter, ice cream, yogurt and nonfat dry milk than any other state. The state is the second-largest producer of cheese and is home to more than 50 cheesemakers who produce 250 varieties and styles. For more information on California cheese, visit www.RealCaliforniaMilk.com.