Recipe: Turn Your Cheese Ball Into A Turkey

It's the ultimate "no-bake" Thanksgiving turkey. The best part? You can carve it with a cracker! Gobble, gobble!

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

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