Football Poppers are savory football shaped cheddar cheese dough wrapped around either cream cheese and jalapeno or buffalo chicken and blue cheese. Also presented are the Super Bowls....cheddar dough bowl filled with ALL of the football popper ingredients!
This basic cheddar cheese dough can be used for any manner of appetizers limited only by your imagination!
Step 1: Ingredients
The basic cheddar dough for both the football poppers and super bowls is the same. It is very versatile and can be molded, rolled into balls or rolled between wax paper for making a roll up.
1 1/2 C white flour
1 stick of butter
2 C shredded cheddar cheese
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
Roughly 1 C wing/hot sauce
Buffalo Chicken Popper filling:
One package ground chicken (bought or ground at home)
Hot sauce-amount will vary by the amount of chicken used.
1 TB apple cider vinegar
2 TB butter
Football Jalapeno Popper filling:
cubed cream cheese
Step 2: Make the Dough
Combine butter, flour and baking powder in the mixer on low until the butter is crumbly. Then mix in the cheese.
While the mixer is running on low slowly add the hot sauce until the dough just starts to hold together.
The first picture is the final texture of the dough that is for best molding. The second picture is how it should look after the first step on mixing the flour, butter and baking powder until crumbly.
Step 3: Prepare Buffalo Chicken filling
Place the ground chicken in a pan with the butter, vinegar and spices of your choice. Add hot sauce to just below the level of the chicken. Cook on medium heat and reduce the liquid until the consistency of sloppy joe mix. If it is too liquid, it won't work well as a stuffing in the upcoming steps. To make it less spicy, replace some of the hot sauce with water.