Turkey appetizer, No meat here! Just veggies arranged like a Turkey! No limits on how big or small you make this. My picture of this is a side view of the turkey. But by all means make it as you want. Asparagus would be really good in this. I made this again for Thanksgiving using cheeses and cold cuts. Just to show how flexible this recipe is. I did post the picture with the cheeses and meats but I did have to travel with it so it did get a little tossed around.
Cream cheese spread
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 4 ounces cheddar cheese, cubed
- 4 ounces sour cream
- 1 teaspoon season salt
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 bunch red leaf lettuce, washed and dried
- 1⁄2 zucchini, thinly sliced
- 1⁄2 yellow squash, thinly sliced
- 2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
- 4 radishes, thinly sliced
- 1⁄2 red onion, thinly sliced
- 4 mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 1⁄2 yellow pepper, thinly sliced
- cracker, to be used as an optional feather row (optional)
- pretzel, to be used as an optional feather row (optional)
- 3 sun-dried tomatoes
- 1⁄2 radish
- 1 peppercorn
- yellow pepper
- Cream cheese mixture:.
- Mix all ingredients in a food processor till smooth add more paprika if you want.
- Veggie arrangement:.
- On a large platter arrange red lettuce leaves so red is on the outer edge. Then place the veggies like they are the feathers of the turkey. The large plume of feathers behind the turkey as I layered in rows are carrots, zucchini, yellow squash, carrots, red onions, and radishes.
- The bottom feathers are yellow squash, zucchini, yellow peppers, and celery.
- For the body I inverted a soup bowl and spread the cream cheese mixture over it. Use the mixture as a glue add radishes along the bottom in 2 rows follow with mushrooms adding till completely covering the bowl.
- For the chest I placed 3 sun-dried tomato half's adhered with some of the cheese mixture on the body of mushrooms.
- For the head place 1/2 of a radish (try to find one that is a long red radish) Spread some cheese mixture on the cut side and place just above the tomatoes.
- For the wattle adhere a yellow pepper slice to the radish(head) with the cheese mixture. Place the remaining cheese mixture in a bowl for dipping. Enjoy!
I was a little daunted by this and worried about how time-consuming it would be, but as soon as I started creating my turkey it turned out to be a lot of fun and ended up looking fantastic! The cheese spread tasted awesome too. People really liked eating it with crackers and the veggies.
Sooooo cuuuute! I've made this turkey appetizer a few times now, The cream cheese concoction is ok, but not my favorite. Last time I made it with Ranch and Bacon Cheese Ball and it was gooood.
I was surprised how quick fun and easy this was to put together. I did have to prepare it Thanksgiving morning and keep it in the fridge until lunchtime as we had church at 10. I took pictures to show everyone in case it didn't survive it's time in the fridge. Good thing I did because while in was in the fridge the dip kind of "melted" off the bowl and so it wasn't looking to great by lunchtime. We all enjoyed it though and I would like to try it again as it really is a gorgeous idea. Maybe the bowl I used was too slippery and a different bowl would work. Or maybe if I kept the dip on the thicker side? I would also like to try the cheese, cracker and deli meat idea.