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Veggie Turkey Centerpiece

 Veggie Turkey Centerpiece
Planning a special Thanksgiving celebration? We can't think of a more novel way to start the table talk-or serve the veggies-than with this incredible edible Mr. Turkey centerpiece! Subscriber Anita Johnson of Morrison, Colorado says, "Half the fun is putting this gobbler together. He's a traditional tasty guest at our Thanksgiving table now, but the first time I made him, folks found him simply
1 ServingsPrep: 1 hour


  • 7 radishes
  • 13 kale leaves, divided
  • 1 medium head cabbage
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled
  • Toothpicks
  • 2 raisins
  • 2 pimiento strips (1-1/4 inches long)
  • 1 small head red cabbage
  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • 18 pimiento-stuffed olives
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) pitted ripe olives, drained


  • Trim both ends of each radish. With a sharp knife, cut the radishes
  • to make roses. Place in a bowl of ice water; refrigerate until
  • radishes open, about 30 minutes.
  • Line a serving platter with six kale leaves. Cut the bottom off the
  • medium cabbage so it sits flat; place on platter for turkey body.
  • From the carrot, cut a 3-1/2-in. piece and a 1-1/2-in. piece.
  • (Discard remaining carrot or save for another use.) Make a diagonal
  • cut at one end of each carrot piece.
  • Make a V-shaped cut at the other end of the small piece to create a
  • beak. Using toothpicks, attach the diagonal end of the larger carrot
  • piece to turkey body for neck.

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Veggie Turkey Centerpiece (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • For head, attach the diagonal end of the smaller carrot piece to
  • neck. Using toothpicks, attach raisins for eyes and pimiento strips
  • for the wattle.
  • for tail, attach the remaining kale leaves on the back. remove eight
  • leaves from the red cabbage and attach in front of the kale leaves.
  • (Save the remaining cabbage for another use.) Attach the cherry
  • tomatoes in front of the cabbage leaves.
  • Attach stuffed olives for wings. Cover remaining body with ripe
  • olives. Arrange radish roses on plate. Yield: 1 centerpiece.