By Noel Christmas
November 09, 2014

It's the ultimate "no-bake" Thanksgiving turkey. The best part? You can carve it with a cracker! Gobble, gobble! Let's do a deep dive on the crazy popular Turkey Cheese Ball for Thanksgiving.

Turkey Cheese Ball
Photo by Allrecipes

Here's All You'll Need for Your Edible Masterpiece

  • Pecans, for the body.
  • Whole wheat crackers, for the tail feathers
  • Red bell peppers to form the head and neck
  • Black olives for the eyes
  • Thinly sliced carrot or yellow squash for the turkey beak.
  • Glue, in this case, 1/3 cup of softened cream cheese
  • A glue gun, or, for this, a piping bag with a small tip. As a bonus, it's the right size to punch out "turkey eyes" from a black olive.

Helpful Hints:

  • Use plastic wrap in a bowl to shape the cheese ball. Wrap the plastic wrap to make the ball as tight as possible
  • Freeze for 30 minutes to an hour
  • Coat your hands in olive oil to keep the cheese from sticking too badly
  • Unwrap the cheeseball and let the surface come to room temp, so it's easier to attach "feathers"
  • Make sure the red peppers/olives/carrot are very dry so that the cream cheese glue sticks
  • Refrigerate as needed to keep the entire cheese ball from getting too soft

Watch this short video to see how the Turkey Cheese Ball comes together, lickety split.

It's so easy! Now see how to turn fresh veggies like celery, bell peppers, and cucumbers into a turkey-shaped crudite platter.

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