Thanksgiving Turkey Cheese Ball and Appetizers

This delicious Turkey Cheese Ball is perfect for serving a house full of guests on Thanksgiving

This festive Thanksgiving Turkey Cheese Ball and appetizers were sponsored by BabbleBoxx. 

I’m a Thanksgiving traditionalist. There’s no use getting too crazy, because mashed potatoes, stuffing and pie are already perfection and should not be messed with. However…I love trying new side dishes and appetizers (as long as they don’t replace the classics!). This year I started sampling, testing, and tasting a little early to get and give a little Thanksgiving inspo.

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Cheese balls are already a great Thanksgiving appetizer…made better with some whimsical garnish. Put those crackers and veggies to work to make a cute and delicious turkey appetizer!

I combined cream cheese, feta, cheddar, and a Greek seasoning for this super easy recipe. You can easily customize by adding spinach or roasted tomatoes for an extra burst of flavor.

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Cheese ball made to resemble a turkey with a red pepper face, and carrots, celery and crackers for the feathers.

I added crushed garlic and it’s so easy with Dorot Crushed Garlic. It comes chopped and pre-measured: one cube = one garlic clove. Just pop it into your recipe for lots of flavor! And, Dorot Garden also has ginger, onion, and herbs which all store in the freezer until you’re ready to use them.Garlic being placed into a cheese ball mixture

And while we usually save sweets for dessert, Dewey’s cookies are extra thin and just the right amount of sweet – so I say bring them out early! Plus, these are baked with real ingredients – no artificial flavors or colors, and no preservatives.Two hands holding a round white plate with round Gingerbread cookies.

The Sugar Moravian Cookies combine full flavor vanilla with the finest ingredients, such as finely milled wheat flour and whole eggs. And, they taste divine.

I’m super picky with “gingerbread cookies” so I was thrilled by how much I love these Ginger Spice Moravian Cookies.  It’s made from a centuries-old recipe brought from the European kingdom of Moravia. They are made with spices imported from around the world, such as cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and allspice. Whatever the recipe – these are amazing!

Good news: they’re offering 10% off sitewide with discount code: DEWEYS10 (November 10th- December10th). 

Now to spice things up.  Frank’s Red Hot Spicy Almonds are made with Frank’s Original Hot Sauce. They have the perfect blend of flavor and heat that will have your guests grabbing it by the handful (so get an extra bag!).  Great served alone, in a trail mix,, or with that amazing cheeseball recipe (far below). You can find them at Meijer Grocery Stores and Amazon.

Woman pouring red wine into a stem glassOf course, it never hurts to add a little wine to the menu and these Rodney Strong Wines are a delicious complement to a turkey dinner.

The Rodney Strong Sonoma County Cabernet comes from the Sonoma County vineyards that are ideal for this grape, It is rich with dark cherry, plum and baking spices. You can also enjoy this with a grilled steak, rack of lamb or grilled winter vegetables.

I tend to prefer white wines, so I’m partial to the Rodney Strong California Chardonnay. The fruit for this comes from a combination of Sonoma county, and from cooler, coastal areas of California where Chardonnay thrives. It has aromas of lemon curd and apple with hints of oak and baking spices. This would also be good paired with asparagus, seared tuna with a mango-avocado salsa, or an apple and brie grilled cheese. Yum!

Two bottles of wine on a wood table next to a stem glass filled with red wine.

Looking for more Thanksgiving inspiration? I was gifted with Friendsgiving: The Official Guide to Hosting, Roasting, and Celebrating with Friends by Shoshana Stopek.Purple Friendsgiving book on a table next to a colorful flower centerpiece.

It includes so many drool-worthy recipes, entertaining tips for special occasions, and of course lots of fun Friends content. Would also make a great hostess gift idea! You can pick it up here.

Table set for Thanksgiving includes color floral arrangements, wine, and a cheese ball made to resemble a turkey with carrots, celery, and crackers for the feathers.

I hope this inspired you to start planning your Thanksgiving apps and desserts! If not, keep reading for the complete Turkey Cheeseball recipe below (and seriously – add some spinach or roasted red peppers for an extra burst of flavor!). Happy Thanksgiving!

Cheese ball made to resemble a turkey with a red pepper face, and carrots, celery and crackers for the feathers.

Thanksgiving Turkey Cheese Ball

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
This delicious Turkey Cheese Ball is perfect for serving a house full of guests on Thanksgiving

Ingredients

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • 4 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Greek seasoning (or other seasoning blend of choice)
  • If desired, add 4 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and pressed dry

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, mix ingredients until well combined.
  2. Place plastic wrap in a small bowl, with enough plastic to overhang each side by several inches.
  3. Spoon mixture into the bowl and smooth until the mixture is spread evenly. Cover the top with the overhanging plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  4. Once chilled, remove the top layer of plastic wrap and invert bowl onto serving plate. Release the cheese ball using the plastic and then remove the wrap.
  5. Slice a portion of one red bell pepper to create the turkey face. Use a small piece of carrot or orange bell pepper to garnish. Use a black food coloring pen to make eyes.
  6. Top cheese ball with almonds, then fill the serving plate with assorted crackers and vegetables to resemble turkey feathers.
Looking for more Thanksgiving appetizers? Try these delicious roasted red pepper deviled egg “pumpkins.”

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Cheese ball made to resemble a turkey with a red pepper face, and carrots, celery and crackers for the feathers.

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