Thanksgiving Cheese Ball Appetizer

Thanksgiving Cheese Ball AppetizerHappy Thanksgiving, everyone!  What are you thankful for this year?  I am so blessed, I don’t even know where to begin! I’m hoping the same for all of you.  I am definitely thankful for all of you fabulous cooks and bloggers who follow me and support me.  I am sincerely grateful.

While you are busy in the kitchen putting together your delicious creations, you can set this tasty turkey out for your guests to keep them from nibbling on the real turkey!  Or, you can use it as a centerpiece.  I wouldn’t count on it staying intact for long, though.  If you have another favorite recipe for a cheese spread, definitely substitute it.  Make it your way!

Thanksgiving Cheese Ball Appetizer
Recipe type: Appetizers
Cuisine: Thanksgiving
Prep time: 
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Serves: 12 servings
  • 2 pkgs. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
  • 6 oz. deli smoked turkey, finely chopped
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1 yellow or red pepper
  • Oval crackers (I used Townhouse Original Buttery Crackers)
  1. In a small bowl, beat the first 6 ingredients until combined. Shape into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until firm.
  2. For the "feathers", decorate the "turkey" with 3 rows of pecan halves and 1 row of oval crackers.
  3. Slice a sliver of the pepper for the head and neck. Press into cheese ball.
  4. Serve with assorted crackers.
  5. [i]Note: If you want to get more creative, you can tint additional cream cheese with autumn shades of food coloring and pipe designs on the crackers.

Et cetera:  This recipe was adapted from Taste of Home Magazine.