Turkey Cheese Appetizer

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Turkey Cheese Appetizer

Turkey Cheese Appetizer

Turkey Cheese Appetizer – An adorable centerpiece for any Thanksgiving spread! A turkey made from a cheese log and crackers!

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I have the perfect appetizer idea for you guys! This turkey cheese appetizer is so easy to make and it really is the perfect centerpiece for you Thanksgiving spread.  It’s cute and it will impress your guests!

To make this recipe, I started with a Kaukauna® Cheese Log.  Kaukauna® is a Wisconsin brand that turning 100 years young this year! It was created by Hubert Fassbender in 1918 in the town of Kaukauna, Wisconsin (up by Green Bay and Appleton) with the mission to create a cold-pack cheese perfect for spreading on crackers.  After discovering the best combination of whey solids and powdered milk, it became a staple across country clubs and supper clubs across Wisconsin.  To this day, they still celebrate the supper club culture whose tables Kaukauna® is still a staple on.

To get everything I needed for the recipe, I popped over to my local Meijer.  I grabbed a Kaukauna® Cheese Log and a Kaukauna® Sharp Cheddar Cheese Spread Cup from the deli and cheese department.  Additionally, they have cheese balls available that would work in this recipe instead of a cheese log if that is all you can find at your local grocery store.

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Personally, I really love the fact that this year, they have come out with updated recipes for two of their varieties with no artificial anything! Yes, you heard it right – no artificial colors, preservatives, or ingredients.  The flavor is exactly the same in the sharp cheddar and port wine varieties with other flavors in the line soon getting the same makeover.

How to make this turkey cheese appetizer

Step 1 – Place cheese log

Place Kaukauna® Sharp Cheddar Cheese Log into the middle of a large, round serving plate.

Step 2 – Make face

Place the yellow bell pepper pieces on the top half of the Kaukauna® Sharp Cheddar Cheese Log and then the red bell pepper gizzard underneath.

Step 3 – Make legs

Place the Kaukauna® Sharp Cheddar Cheese Spread at the bottom of the cheese log and top it with the red bell pepper legs.

Step 4 – Add feathers (row 1)

Starting at the edge of the serving plate, place the first variety of crackers around the turkey, stopping at the bottom of the cheese log.

Step 5 – Add feathers (row 2)

Next, place the second variety of crackers (or homemade pita chips) in the same arch but closer to the cheese log.

Step 6 – Add remaining feathers and parsley

Fill the remaining space with more of the first variety of crackers.  Alternatively, you could use a third variety of crackers.  Place fresh parsley at the bottom next to the legs. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

That’s it! Making this is that easy! I included a recipe for homemade pita chips which are really tasty but if you don’t have the time to make them, it’s okay to use a different variety of crackers that are pre-made.  The holidays are a hectic time and sometimes we have to cut some corners!

Turkey Appetizer

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Thanksgiving Appetizer

Thanksgiving Turkey Cheese Appetizer

Turkey Cheese Appetizer + Homemade Pita Chips

Turkey Cheese Appetizer - An adorable centerpiece for any Thanksgiving spread! A turkey made from a cheese log and crackers!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword appetizer, cheese, thanksgiving, turkey
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients

Turkey Cheese Appetizer

  • 1 Kaukauna® Sharp Cheddar Cheese Log
  • 1/4 cup Kaukauna® Sharp Cheddar Cheese Spread Cups
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 package of crackers
  • Parsley

Homemade Pita Chips

  • 3 pita rounds
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

Homemade Pita Chips

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

  2. Cut the pita in 8 slices that are wedge shaped.

  3. In a small bowl, combine salt and garlic powder. Cover both side of the pita slices with olive oil and sprinkle with spice mixture.

  4. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until chips are crisp.

Turkey Cheese Appetizer

  1. Cut red bell pepper into one elongated small triangle for the gizzard along with two thin rectangles that are about 1 inch long for the legs and six small rectangles for the feet (about 1/4 inch long).  (reference pictures to see the shapes)

  2. Cut the yellow bell pepper into two small triangles for eyes.

  3. Place Kaukauna® Sharp Cheddar Cheese Log into the middle of a large, round serving plate. 

  4. Place the yellow bell pepper pieces on the top half of the Kaukauna® Sharp Cheddar Cheese Log and then the red bell pepper gizzard underneath.

  5. Place the Kaukauna® Sharp Cheddar Cheese Spread at the bottom of the cheese log and top it with the red bell pepper legs.

  6. Starting at the edge of the serving plate, place the crackers around the turkey, stopping at the bottom of the cheese log.  Next, place the homemade pita chips in the same arch but closer to the cheese log.  Fill the remaining space with more of the crackers.

  7. Place fresh parsley at the bottom next to the legs.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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