Rating: 4.5 stars
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Any cheese ball recipe can be turned into the shape of a turkey for a festive appetizer for your Thanksgiving dinner. All you need is some creativity!

Recipe Summary

additional:
2 hrs
total:
2 hrs 20 mins
prep:
20 mins
Servings:
32
Yield:
1 large cheese ball
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Ingredients

32
Original recipe yields 32 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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For the Turkey:

Directions

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  • Mix cream cheese, Cheddar cheese, and dressing mix together in a large bowl. Form into a large ball. Roll in chopped pecans to coat surface. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.

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  • Arrange a row of whole-wheat crackers in the back of the cheese ball for the turkey tail feathers. Stick pecans evenly into the cheese ball for the body.

  • Cut out 2 strips of red bell pepper for the head and neck. Cut out 2 "eyes" from the black olive using a small pastry tip. Place 2 small dollops of cream cheese on one of the 2 bell pepper strips for the turkey head and stick the black olive circles into it as pupils. Cut a small triangular slice out of the yellow zucchini for the turkey beak and stick to the red pepper with cream cheese. Stick the undecorated red bell pepper strip on the front of the cheese ball. Stick the red bell pepper stick with the face into the top of the cheese ball for the head.

Editor's Note:

You can make this recipe ahead of time. Assemble the turkey with the pecan "feathers" and store in the refrigerator, loosely wrapped in plastic. Add cracker tail feathers and the turkey head and neck just before serving.

Nutrition Facts

179 calories; protein 5.2g; carbohydrates 3.2g; fat 16.8g; cholesterol 28.5mg; sodium 187.7mg. Full Nutrition
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