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.
I made it for family thanksgiving get together. It definitely came out my own creation and was fun but a lot of prep work. Noone really munched on it and so I was left with tons of left over veggies along with the other t-day leftovers. Cool idea though.
This has become a tradition in our family. The Thanksgiving table is never complete without Tom Turkey. Every year he looks a little different, based on what is available, but he never fails to show off strutting his stuff. Wonderful idea Thank you posting Rita.
This made a great Thanksgiving centerpiece! I purchased a cheeseball for the turkey body and used the tip of a yellow squash for the head (held in place by a piece of toothpick). I added 2 cloves for the eyes (since I could poke them in) and a tiny square of red bell pepper for the waddle (held in by a piece of toothpick). I also used a small piece of red bell pepper for the feet. I prepared all the veggies ahead of time and placed them in separate bowls. The morning of our feast, I pulled out the bowls one by one and let my boys (ages 3 & 7) lay out the "plumes." They loved getting to help. I also placed crackers in front of the turkey as the "ground." This was beautiful, fun to make, and delicious!
Ingenious! This was quite the conversation piece and easy to assemble. I would suggest preparing all the veggies the night before, allow them to crisp up in water in the fridge, then assemble a few hours before it's debut. I used a whole cauliflower for the body, celery stalks and scallions (not pictured) for the tail feathers and piled the veggies around to resemble feathers. I used a few tooth pics to secure some of the veggies. Served with Gramma G's Blue Cheese Spread Thanks a bunch Rita, this was great fun!
This was so much FUN!!!!! Instead of a bowl and the cream cheese spread mentioned in the recipe, I made a triple cheese ball using Ranch and Bacon Cheese Ball. I chilled it in a big bowl lined with plastic wrap overnite. The possiblities for designing your bird are endless. I used carrots, seedless cucumbers, yellow squash, red and orange peppers, celery, cauliflower, red onion, mushrooms, radishes, salami, cheeses, green onion, and parsley. Rita, this is going to be the hit of the appy table today. Love Ya! Bren
this was a stunning addition to our appetizer table. I had so much fun putting it together too! ;) I added ham, provolone, turkey, and swiss... also couldn't find sun-dried tomatoes so used regular and they did the trick. that spread is very delicious! thanks for a wonderful keeper -- everyone was impressed!!