Not a big fan of basketball, though March Madness is always a bit of fun when local teams are involved. Big 12 is well represented though Oklahoma State is pitted against Michigan (sorry B.E. 😦 ) in the Midwest Regionals first round. I am, however, a fan of all things cheesy and dippy. This cheese ball/spread sounds easy and yummy. Plus, Ritz crackers!
1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese, softened
1/2 cup (1/2 of 8-oz. tub) PHILADELPHIA Spicy Jalapeño Cream Cheese Spread
1 pkg. (8 oz.) KRAFT Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1/2 cup KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/2 cup KRAFT Classic Ranch Dressing
2 green onions, chopped
1 pkg. (3 oz.) OSCAR MAYER Real Bacon Bits
8 red pepper strips (1/4 x 2-inch)
Beat all ingredients except bacon bits, peppers and parsley with mixer until blended. Refrigerate several hours.
Form into basketball shape on platter. Coat with bacon bits. Add pepper strips for the stitching. Serve with crackers of your choice.