Turkey Cheese Platter is a Creative Family Thanksgiving Activity

Kids have so much fun arranging this simple turkey cheese platter with a variety of cheese, meat, and crackers. Then they have even more fun eating it!

Turkey Cheese Platter Thanksgiving Appetizer

Special opportunities to connect and make memories are more important than ever with the 2020 holiday season making many of the usual family traditions impossible.

Making a cute turkey shaped appetizer is a wonderful way to connect with your kids during Thanksgiving season. You can even coordinate to make a turkey cheese platter together over video chat with extended family members!

How to make a turkey cheese platter

We’ve got step by step photos to help you easily make your own turkey cheese tray. There is also a video of making the turkey cheese tray if you scroll down to the recipe. Let’s get started and make cooking time connecting time!

Turkey Cheese Tray

Ingredients

  • 16 ounce package cracker cut cheese
  • 16 ounces salami
  • 12 ounce package round crackers
  • 5 ounces pepperoni
  • 1 green pear
  • 2 raisins
  • red bell pepper

These are the exact ingredients I bought to make the turkey cheese platter in the photos and video. We had lots of meat and crackers leftover, which we were happy with.

You can definitely add more rows and pack the “tail feathers” for your cheese board turkey in tighter if you’d like to use up the meat and crackers. That will also make your turkey feed a larger group.

Instructions

Step 1: Starting at the outer edge of a round platter, arrange overlapping rows of meat, cheese, and crackers.

overlapping rows of meat cheese and crackers in a rainbow on a large blue platter

Step 2: Slice the pear in half, and place the half with the stem in the center bottom of the platter. Fill in any bare spots on your turkey cheese platter (to the right and left of the pear) with additional “tail feathers”.

Placing cheese into a turkey shaped cheese board

Step 3: Use the big end of a frosting tip to cut two circles out of a piece of white cheese. Squish the raisins flat and place on the white cheese circles, then set the eyes onto the pear.

Cutting circles from white cheese using a frosting tip

Step 4: Cut a small triangle of yellow cheese for a beak, and slice a bit of red pepper with a vegetable peeler or paring knife to make the turkey’s wattle. 

Place red pepper wattle on a turkey made from a pear

Step 5: Cover and refrigerate if not serving immediately.

Turkey Cheese platter tips and variations

If you eat dairy but not meat, don’t feel like this has to be a meat and cheese turkey platter. You can make it a turkey shaped cheese and cracker platter using a variety of cheeses and crackers!

Another option would be to swap the meat for fruit like apple slices and tangerine segments for a turkey fruit and cheese platter.

How far in advance can I make this turkey cheese platter?

I would not make this turkey shaped meat and cheese platter more than 4 hours in advance. The crackers will start to get soft.

If making in advance, be sure to cover tightly with plastic wrap to keep the cheese and meat from drying out. You can also have additional fresh crackers on the side for serving.

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Images of a meat and cheese tray shaped like a turkey

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Yield: 10 servings

Turkey Cheese Platter

turkey cheese platter with green pear body

Turn a variety of cheese, salami, and pepperoni into a cute turkey cheese platter for an easy Thanksgiving appetizer. The pattern in the picture is a good sized appetizer for up to 10 people, and doesn't use up all the ingredients. You can can make more and tighter rows to add in additional servings and use up the ingredients.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 16 ounce package cracker cut cheese
  • 16 ounces salami
  • 12 ounce package round crackers
  • 5 ounces pepperoni
  • 1 green pear
  • 2 raisins
  • red bell pepper

Instructions

  1. Starting at the outer edge of a round platter, arrange overlapping rows of meat, cheese, and crackers. overlapping rows of meat cheese and crackers in a rainbow on a large blue platter
  2. Slice the pear in half, and place the half with the stem in the center bottom of the platter.
  3. Fill in any bare spots to the right and left of the pear with additional "tail feathers".
  4. Use the big end of a frosting tip to cut two circles out of a piece of white cheese. Squish the raisins flat and place on the white cheese circles, then set the eyes onto the pear.
  5. Cut a small triangle of yellow cheese for a beak, and slice a bit of red pepper with a vegetable peeler or paring knife to make the turkey’s wattle.  Place red pepper wattle on a turkey made from a pear
  6. Cover and refrigerate if not serving immediately.

Notes

I used two types of salami, and pepperoni. But you could use all pepperoni or all salami. You could even use folded slices of prosciutto!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

20

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 348Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 803mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 9g

This nutrition info is based on 20 servings using ALL of the ingredients.


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