Football Bites (With Summer Sausage, Cheddar & Ranch)

November 11, 2010 by Ali

Ok, I confess — I really like to play with my food. :-)

So when surveying the ingredients I had out to make some apps for a Chiefs game this month, suddenly the thought of just slicing the cheddar and sausage seemed a little too boring. So with the help of a can of chopped green chiles (somehow lost my small round cookie cutter!) and an extra Ziplock to pipe on some ranch dressing, suddenly my plain little apps were “kicked” (ha!) up a notch. ;)

And the best part is that it really only took about 10 minutes. So if you’re looking for a fun and easy appetizer for your next game day, or a project for the kids in the kitchen, these little guys are definitely winners. :) Enjoy!!

Football Bites (With Summer Sausage, Cheddar & Ranch)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 1-2 trays of football bites


    Food Ingredients:
  • favorite crackers (I used TownHouse because of their size/shape)
  • summer sausage, sliced thin (about 1/8" thick)
  • block of cheddar cheese, sliced very thin (about 1/8" thick)
  • ranch dressing
  • Prep Tools:
  • 1 small, rinsed-out aluminum can (like from green chiles), or a small round cookie cutter
  • 1 ziplock bag, or frosting bag


On a sturdy cutting board, use the aluminum can (or cookie cutter) to shape the cheddar and summer sausage pieces into individual "football" shapes. (See photo above.) Then assemble the football "bites", by layering cheddar and summer sausage atop the crackers.

Finally, pour some ranch dressing into a Ziplock bag, and then use scissors to snip a very small triangle from one of the bottom corners. Pipe the dressing onto the cheddar to complete the football bites.

Then serve and enjoy!

Ali’s Tip:

Feel free to also sub in any other favorite crackers you have.

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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62 thoughts on “Football Bites (With Summer Sausage, Cheddar & Ranch)

  1. ritz crackers made a football shaped cracker not long ago..wonder if u can still find them?..they would be perfect for this..its so simple that i never would have thought of it…lol

    - robin

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    - Tami

  3. So simple but adorable! Thanks for the great idea!

    - Eating Local in the Lou

  4. How is it that you use a round can to cut, but the meat and cheese look football shaped (not perfectly round) in the pic. ?

    - Wendy

    • Wendy, before I had a football-shaped cookie cutter, I used to use a soup can to make sugar cookies in football shapes. After washing the can, I just bent and squashed it into a football shape and it worked great. I’m sure you could do the same with the smaller can for these.

      - Amy

  5. What a cute and easy idea!

    - Lisa @ Snappy Gourmet

  6. Really cute but I’d substitute for the summer sausage. Not a fan.

    - Pat

  7. These are sooo adorable!

    - Tiffany

  8. Holy cow! That’s really clever! Not only are your photos great, but your techniques are too. I love the whole concept of ‘if you don’t have this, use that.’

    - Angela

  9. This is fantastic!!! This would be perfect for my superbowl party. Thanks for the inspiration!

    - Ashley

  10. wow! nice! great

    - wolfenstein

  11. I love these!! Not only are they ridiculously cute, but they also look super yummy. I’m not much of a football fan, but I think I’m gonna have to watch a game just to have the excuse to give these a try! :D

    - Kocinera

  12. Oh, they’re awesome, and I don’t even watch football!!!

    - Michelle

  13. These are too cute!

    - Laura Flowers

  14. No way! These are so clever. We are huge football fans, and fun food is always expected at our football parties. This is TOTALLY on my next menu. Thanks for the great idea.

    - Monica

  15. These are adorable!! I don’t even like football, and I want to make them! :-)

    - CaSaundra

  16. Too cute! But did the summer sausage smell drive your puppy crazy?

    - Linda

  17. These are so cute! I love that you’ve taken something everyday and given it the attention to make it beautiful, good job.

    - mike