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
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!
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