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Since Thanksgiving is barely over a week away, I wanted to inspire you with a lovely Thanksgiving table and a delicious turkey cheese ball recipe that can be made in less than 15 minutes.
Because you have better things to do than be in the kitchen all day on Thanksgiving, right?
Thanksgiving Table Ideas
To create our gorgeous natural and rustic Thanksgiving table, I started with our long 14 foot farmhouse table that my husband and I built. I love the dark, rich wood tone, and knew it would be the perfect place for our feast.
We had some pumpkin vines that went crazy this year and produced almost 100 of the cutest white and yellow pumpkins you’ve ever seen! These mini pumpkins were the perfect size to decorate with and looked great in multiples running down the middle of the table and around the turkey.
Speaking of turkey, we had two fabulous turkeys at our Thanksgiving table! One was the traditional turkey, stuffed with apples and onions. It was so moist and delicious!
A fresh sage garnish around the turkey finished off the platter.
We also had a cheese ball turkey, which everyone loved! This turkey cheese ball was made in about 15 minutes and is SO simple to make with a premade Kaukauna cheese ball. Keep reading below for the easy how to.
I cut a variety of colorful fresh veggies for everyone to munch on and arranged them on a wood slice platter.
Fresh apples, mandarins, and oranges were a healthy way to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.
My homemade orange cranberry sauce is one of my favorite Thanksgiving foods to eat every year. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and bright orange and orange zest flavor mixed with the tartness of the cranberries. It also takes just a few minutes to make!
Of course it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without rolls, so I served some giant four-dusted rolls in a gorgeous leaf serving dish.
Warm apple pie fresh from the oven was our delicious dessert. Always a classic!
Thanksgiving Table Setting
Each Thanksgiving table setting was set with a white dinner plate with a yellow cloth napkin folded underneath. On top of the napkin were some of my favorite owl salad plates.
They’re just perfect for fall and Thanksgiving! I love how the bright white stand out against the rustic dark wood of our farmhouse table.
I scattered colorful ears of corn and more pumpkins and gourds around the table and the place settings.
I also made some gorgeous metallic clay leaves and turned them into tealight candle holders and scattered them around the table. I love the pretty fall look and ambiance these added to the table!
Now onto the turkey cheese ball. I’m still in awe of how easy and cute this little gobbler was to make! Just follow the simple instructions below to make your own cheese ball turkey for a great Thanksgiving appetizer.
Turkey Cheese Ball
- Kaukauna® Cheese Ball (I used Sharp Cheddar and found mine at Albertsons)
- Red and yellow bell pepper
- Cream cheese
- Pecan halves
STEP 1. Cut a piece of red pepper in the shape of a turkey head and neck.
Cut a small triangle shape from a yellow pepper to make a beak. Use a small amount of cream cheese to add the yellow beak to the red pepper turkey head.
Place a tiny amount of cream cheese onto a pepper seed and place on the red pepper to make the turkey eye.
STEP 2. Cut a small slit into your Kaukauna® Cheese Ball with a knife. Place the turkey neck and head into the slit.
I found a great variety of Kaukauna® Cheese Balls at Albertsons. Kaukauna® comes in cups, logs, and balls, and is made with 100% real cheddar. It’s a delicious and easy entertaining solution that’s delicious by itself or as part of a recipe. Save on any Kaukauna® Cheese product from 11/15/17-12/31/17 (or until offer expires) with Ibotta.
Press pecan halves in three rows to form the turkey feathers behind the turkey head. Place completed turkey in the fridge until ready to serve.
I placed my turkey cheese ball onto a white plate, then added crackers around the turkey for everyone to eat with the cheese.
This cute gobbler was a hit with everyone and really added to our Thanksgiving feast!
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