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Turkey Cheese Ball

 Turkey Cheese Ball
While the real bird is roasting, you can present your guests with this tasty Thanksgiving turkey. Our flock of clever Test Kitchen cooks dreamed up the recipe for this festive cheese ball centerpiece.
24 ServingsPrep: 45 min. + chilling


  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 6 ounces deli smoked turkey, finely chopped
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • Brown, orange and yellow paste food coloring
  • 6 large oval crackers
  • 1 large sweet red pepper
  • 1 small yellow summer squash
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • Assorted crackers


  • In a small bowl, beat the first six ingredients until combined. Shape
  • into a ball; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until
  • firm.
  • In another small bowl, beat cream cheese and milk until smooth.
  • Divide among four small bowls. With food coloring, tint one bowl
  • brown, one dark orange and one light orange (using yellow and
  • orange); leave one bowl plain.

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Turkey Cheese Ball (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Transfer each mixture to a heavy-duty resealable plastic bag; cut a
  • small hole in a corner of each bag.
  • For turkey tail feathers, decorate the top halves of large oval
  • crackers with tinted cream cheese.
  • Using the red pepper, form the turkey head, neck and wattle. For
  • beak, cut a small triangle from summer squash; attach with cream
  • cheese. Add eyes, using brown and plain cream cheese. Insert pecan
  • halves and decorated crackers into cheese ball. Serve with assorted
  • crackers. Yield: 1 cheese ball (3 cups).
Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested with Townhouse Oval Bistro crackers.
Nutritional Facts: 2 tablespoons (calculated without decorations and additional crackers) equals 72 calories, 5 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 21 mg cholesterol, 168 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 5 g protein.