Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Super Bowl Recipe - Bacon Cheddar Beer Bread Footballs


If I were to ask all the football loving fans in my family what their favorite foods happen to be and what they most want in a Super Bowl snack, bacon and cheese would top the list. The combination of salty fried pork and creamy sharp cheese appeals to the masses, well, at least to everyone I know. 

I'm pretty sure these Bacon Cheddar Beer Bread Footballs will be a huge hit at any Superbowl party. They would go great with a bowl of chili, but are prefect little snacks just on their own. Each beer infused, football shaped bread loaf is loaded with gooey cheese and has a crispy, crunchy, bacon crust. 

Yes, I said bacon crust

Have you ever had bread with a bacon crust before? I had not. I didn't know what I had been missing. 


The bacon not only adds texture and a rich meaty flavor to the bread, it also gives each football the deep brown color I wanted. 

In order to get my bread loafs in the shape of a football, I baked them in a Wilton Mini Football Silicone Mold. 

I mixed, sprinkled, scooped, baked, and ate these loaves in less than 30 minutes. 

They are great warm, but were pretty good cold too which means they can easily be made in advance of a Super Bowl party. So, get your self some Wilton Football Molds, and have some fun. I've made Footballs Shaped Hamburgers Served on Football Shaped Buns  using the molds and will show you how I use the molds to make another bacon cheddar recipe tomorrow. 


Bacon Cheddar Beer Bread Footballs (makes 12)
     recipe adapted from Robin Miller

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
12 ounce can of beer
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
10 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes
butter to grease football silicone mold
12 crisp strips of bacon, very finely chopped
1-2 tablespoons sour cream, optional

Special Supplies Needed:

2 Wilton Football Silicone Molds
small zip top bag, optional

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit


Combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Stir in beer and extra virgin olive just until blended. Stir in the cubes of cheese. 


Grease football cavities in the silicone molds with butter. Sprinkle one slice of bacon pieces into each cavity, covering the bottom of each football completely. Equally divide batter among football cavities filling each about half way. I used a #16 ice cream scoop to fill my footballs and it worked perfectly. 


Bake for 22-24 minutes until the tops turn lightly golden brown. Remove the bread from the mold and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Cut off any cheese that has oozed to make your footballs look neater. 


You can serve these little football shaped bread loaves as they are or you can decorate them with some sour cream. Spoon sour cream into a small zip top bag. Cut off one tip. Pipe sour cream laces and stripes onto each football.

These loaves are best served the day they are made, but can be stored in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

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20 comments:

  1. i had to stop midway thru this post to grab a piece of bacon so i could finish it. i mean c'mon bacon crust?! this is happening at my house. :)

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    1. Tell me about it. While I was writing this recipe, I too had to get up and grab one of these rolls. I just couldn't work any longer. I needed bacon!

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  2. I've never had or even thought to have bread with bacon crust - you know what they say - bacon makes
    everything better! I bet these would be gone before kickoff!

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    1. I made a turkey for Christmas that was wrapped in turkey and it was amazing. It got me thinking about other recipes that could benefit from a crispy bacon crust. I'm sure there will be more ideas to come.

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  3. I have always said that if you put bacon in it, men will eat it. Thank you for making my man happy.
    These will keep him energized for the game. Trish Butler

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  4. I have to get one of those silicone football molds! That is sooo cool. Great job :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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    1. I do love working with silicone molds and created another recipe using this football mold. I'll be posting it later today.

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  5. Freaking love this idea! I could eat bacon for every meal (I got chocolate covered bacon as a gift for Christmas!). It also looks super easy to do. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  6. You had me at bacon!! Beth, this recipe looks so delicious and cute too!
    I'm pinning it to my football board on pinterest!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Kim ` http://www.thisolemom.com

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    1. Bacon is all it takes sometimes! Thanks for pinning. I appreciate it:)

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  7. I think we all agree ... bacon makes everything better! How many pounds of bacon do you really need to have enough left to make these footballs? Very cute footballs ... I need one of those molds!

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    1. It's hard not to eat the bacon before it gets into the molds, that's for sure. If you have lots of hungry family members, smelling that bacon, you might just need a few pounds!!!

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  8. Girl, you had me at bacon cheddar beer.

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  9. These ideas are awesome! I am checking this out from Sumo's Sweet Stuff link party! I pinned this post and will definitely be using these ideas for my SuperBowl party!
    Cathy
    www.threekidsandafish.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Cathy! I certainly appreciate the pin and hope you have fun making some of my Super Bowl recipes.

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  10. Would it be possible to just make this recipe in a normal muffin pan?

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  11. Would it be possible to make this recipe in just a normal muffin pan?

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    1. Hi Jacob, I think these would work just fine in a muffin pan. I think the muffins might be just a bit smaller, so you might want to check on them a few minutes early to see how they are baking.

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