Sunday, October 13, 2013

Mini Cheese Ball Turkeys

Happy Thanksgiving!
Just a quick recipe today as Sue and I are busy preparing the Thanksgiving feast. We are having it at Sue's house this year instead of out at our Aunt and Uncle's farm.
Last year I made some fun cheese ball cheese turkeys so this year I decided to make a different variation. 
You have to have a bit of patience to make these but they really are very simple.
Hope you are all having a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend!

Mini Cheese Ball Turkeys

8 oz Philadelphia cream cheese, room temp
1 pkg cheese ball dip - your favorite 
(I used Parmesan Garlic from Sunset Gourmet)
1 cup finely chopped pecans
thinly sliced carrots
slivered almonds
orange cheese
dried cranberries

Mix together the room temp cream cheese and the package of cheese ball dip until well combined. Using a small cookie scoop (approx 1 Tbsp) scoop cream cheese into balls. 
Roll each ball in the finely chopped pecans. 

Here is where the having some patience part comes in....
Stick 4 - 5 of the finely sliced carrot sticks into the back of each ball to form the tallest part of the tail.
In front of the carrots, place 4 -5 of the slivered almonds.
Cut a slice of cheese into small triangles. Stick a small triangle on each ball as the beak.
Cut the dried cranberries into small circles. Place 2 small circles above each beak.
**Note** - If you need some help sticking the eyes and beak onto the cheese balls you can use a toothpick to dab a teeny bit of mayo or cream cheese onto the eyes/beak and that will help it stick better. 

There you have it!
Cutest cheese balls ever. 
Now you have 2 choices for mini turkey appies this year. You can go with these guys...or the ones we made last year - here's a pic so you can see how cute they were too!

Either way, you end up with a cute appetizer that will have your guests thinking you are amazing!


  1. Both are adorable . . .would also be great for a potluck at work!

    1. Thank you Sweet Lucy :) They would be great for work!

  2. Your turkeys are so sweet. I really like both ways you made them, and would have a hard time deciding which to make, so I'd have to make both variations. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Pinning.

    Beth @ Hungry Happenings

  3. I love turkeys! Those are so cute! My name is Katie and I host Fall Into the Holidays, open Saturdays. I would love to have you link up! This week’s round is still open!

  4. I think your Turkey cheese balls are adorable and my girls will love to help make them. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  5. I have included this in my Offbeat Holidays - June Bucket List post. June is National Turkey Lover's Month. Thanks for sharing!

  6. How super cute! And I love a good holiday cheese ball!Thanks for Sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday...Hope to see you again this week. Pinned!