Thanksgiving Cheese Ball - Handmade in the Heartland

Thanksgiving Cheese Ball

Thanksgiving Cheeseball

I mean, really.  Have you ever seen such a cute turkey cheese ball?! No you haven't! My mom was in town last week and we whipped up a lot of fun holiday treats, so get ready the next 2 months are going to be filled with so many adorable eats you wont even be able to handle it. ;) So today i give you mr. gobbler Thanksgiving cheese ball he is tasty and adorable and is sure to be the hit of the party or appetizer table on thanksgiving day.  Keep reading for the recipe. 

Thanksgiving Cheeseball

Turkey Cheese ball
2 8oz pkgs of cream cheese, softened
2 Tablespoons minced onion
1/2 tablespoon minced green bell pepper
1 8oz can crushed pineapple well drained
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 cup chopped pecans
pretzel sticks
whopper candy
beef jerkey stick
candy eyes
candy corn
fruit roll up
chocolate icing or melted chocolate 

Mix all ingredients other than the pecans together until well combined, i used my kitchenaid stand mixer.  With damp hands roll the mixture into a ball and then roll in chopped pecans.  Wrap it in wax paper and put it in the fridge to chill and firm up a bit. 

Oh and btw this cheese ball is super yummy. We made this just to photograph it and it was gone in a few days with only 3 people (well really only 2) snacking on it.  It's my favorite go to cheese ball recipe. 

To make the turkey "feathers" stick your pretzel sticks into the back 1/2 of the cheese ball.  To create mr. gobblers head take a stick of beef jerkey and "glue" a whopper candy on top with icing.  Then attach the nose and eyes also with icing.  We made the gobbler by cutting a little strip of fruit roll up and then laying it over the candy corn.  

If you make one of these please send me a pic! or instagram and tag me @mrsmuir - i'd love to see yours!
Thanksgiving Cheeseball

Here are a few other Thanksgiving recipes you might like!


Marcella Christiansen said...

What could one use instead of pineapple as some are highly allergic ???

Anonymous said...

Pineapple ???

Angela Muir said...

Hi +Marcella Christiansen. I'm not sure what to replace the pineapple with, however you can use any cheeseball recipe and decorate it like a turkey. I also think if you just omit the pineapple it will be fine.

Nuvia said...

Hi Marcela. I would try apple, raisins or peach instead if pineapple.

Lynda Kroeger said...

I added the pineapple and my cheeseball is not firm at all. Suggestions on how to salvage?

Rhiannon Keller said...

I am going to try this tomorrow!! I love cheese ball, but I am not sure about the pineapple.. I have never tried it like that. Is it good?

Robin said...

This is a good recipe, and the pineapple becomes very light. Not lots of pineapple flavor, just enough. I did have a problem with it being too salty, though! I would recommend only using 1/2 teaspoon of salt instead of 1 teaspoon. I couldn't even eat it at first! Now my husband says it tastes great! Thanks for a fun recipe!!

Anonymous said...

We used our family cheeseball recipe, but loved your decoration idea. We didn't have any candy corn or icing on hand, so we used almond bark and food coloring to make the features.

Creautair said...

I made one. Did the beak out of circus peanuts and gobbler as a pull apart twizzler.

ksvend said...

This was a big hit with our family today - thank you! Regarding salvaging when it's not hard enough to make into a ball - just refrigerate for 15-20 minutes and it will harden enough to work with. I made as written, but I would also suggest no salt. Again, thank you!!

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