This Turkey Cheese Ball is a perfect appetizer for Thanksgiving dinner. It’s as easy as combining cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar cheese, a few spices, and then rolling in pecans. We add on pretzels and red pepper for making it resemble a turkey. Your guests will love it!
Thanksgiving Turkey Cheeseball
Thanksgiving is coming soon, and I am sure many of us are on the hunt for an appetizer to serve our families. This year I plan to serve Cranberry Salsa Dip, Spiced Pumpkin Deviled Eggs, and this cute turkey.
Cheese Balls are so easy to make and can be made a day or so ahead of time. I like to serve ours with veggies and crackers. I usually have a platter of celery, cucumbers. Broccoli and carrots nearby.
We make a Thanksgiving Turkey Cheese Ball recipe most every year because my kiddos loved making it when they were little. I guess we call it a tradition. It’s cute and festive.
The body is shaped to resemble the turkey breast. We add pretzel sticks and slices of pepper for the feathers. Then, we cut two pieces of red pepper for his head and wattle. I use candy eyes, but you can be creative.
This cheese ball will be the center of attention. The creamy flavored dip with the crunchy pecan coating is so tasty. Make it for a holiday, an office party or pot luck.
Ingredients to make Thanksgiving Turkey Cheese Ball
- Cream Cheese
- Sour Cream
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Red Bell Pepper
- Pretzel Sticks
How to Make Thanksgiving Turkey Cheese Ball
First, add the softened cream cheese and sour cream to a medium or large bowl. Beat until smooth.
Then, add the garlic powder, onion powder, and Wosstishire. Mix with a hand mixer until well combined.
Then add the shredded cheddar. It’s best to shred brick cheese but, you can also use store-bought pre-shredded too.
Sharp cheddar or mild cheddar is perfect.
Then add the cheese mixture to a piece of plastic wrap. Cover all sides and form into the turkey body shape. I did mine a bit oval. You could also form it perfectly round. Refrigerate for about one hour or until firm.
In a small bowl, add pecans. Then place cheese ball in the bowl. Roll in chopped pecans until completely covered.
Add the Turkey Cheese Ball to the desired plate or platter. Then position pretzel sticks and slices of red pepper for the tail feathers.
Next, make the turkey head and wattle with red or orange pepper. Decorate how you like.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Turkey Cheese Ball
- 16 oz Cream Cheese softened
- 1/3 cup Sour Cream
- 1 tbsp Worchestershire Sauce
- 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
- 1/4 tsp Pepper
- 8 oz Cheddar Cheese shredded
- 1 cup Pecans chopped
- Pretzel Sticks
- Red and Yellow Peppers
- In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese and sour cream until blended.
- Add garlic powder, onion powder, pepper and Worchestershire to mixture. Beat until incorporated.
- Add shredded cheese and mix with a spoon until well distributed.
- Form into an elongated ball and wrap in plastic wrap.
- Refrigerate for 1 hour to firm.
- Place chopped pecans in a bowl.
- Unwrap cheese ball and roll in pecans until covered.
- Place on plate and garnish with pretzel sticks and strips of the peppers.
- Make a headmfrom peppers and attach with a toothpick.
- Store in refrigerator.