It seems to be a universal expectation that Super Bowl parties must feature cheese (real, fake, or cream) in a shape (ball, log, blob) that is rolled in nuts and served with crackers. This generally grosses me out, but the sheer volume of recipes out there leads me to believe that I am in a small minority.
On a total side note involving "gross" and cheese balls, check out this Halloween party appetizer from Seattle's own Megan Reardon of Not Martha. Really clever. Also, really gross.
A number of years ago my brother got tasked with bringing an appetizer to some holiday family function and showed up with a grocery bag and proceeded to make this deliciousness you see here. We didn't really know he cooked, so it was exciting not just because it was SO GOOD (brie! caramelized onions and mushrooms! brie!) but because he made it right before our very eyes.