Here’s a festive snack before the big Thanksgiving Feast. Make a Thanksgiving Turkey Cheese Platter!
Thanksgiving Day will be here before you know it, which also means a house full of family and friends. While the Turkey and all the trimmings cook away, you’ll need something to snack on, to hold your guests over until the big feast. That’s where this adorable Thanksgiving Turkey Cheese Platter comes to the rescue!
Here’s what you need to make this Cheese Thanksgiving Turkey platter:
- a variety of cheese slices
- a salami stick, sliced in half and then sliced into rounds
- one pear, sliced in half
- peppercorns for the eyes
- tiny Cheddar cheese triangle for the turkey’s beak
- a piece of salami for the “snood” or “wattle”
- cinnamon sticks for the legs
How to make a Thanksgiving Turkey -Cheese Board:
- We started with Muenster, then Colby and Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, Medium Cheddar and finally Gouda!
- For the center we sliced up a salami stick and then sliced the rounds in half.
- The trick to making this tray is to start wide and work your way into the center layering rows of cheese slices on top as you go. It’s so easy and so cute all at the same time. I can’t wait for you to make one!
Watch the GIF we made below to see it all come together. We found that it helps to start on the outside and work your way into the center to get the layered look with the cheese slices.
Tips and Tricks:
- If you are worried you do not have enough cheese, you might want to start from the center working your way outward. This way you can make sure you have enough to fill your platter.
- Rub lemon juice onto the cut side of the pear. This will keep it from browning.
- Make this platter ahead and keep it chilled in the fridge. Take it out chilled, ready to serve.
What to serve this cheese platter with?
- We love to have a bowl next to this platter with crackers to serve with it. Your favorite cracker will work: Triscuit crackers, Ritz crackers are easy options.
- Also freshly sliced pears are nice too. This way they can enjoy a piece of sliced pear with the crackers and cheese. To keep the pear slices from browning, try dipping them into salt water: 1/8 teaspoon salt to 1 cup of water. We love this method.