Colleen's Low Fat Cheese Ball Turkey

 

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For every holiday as far back as I can remember my family has always asked for and "gobbled up" this easy, delicious cheese ball!    

You can use your own favorite cheese ball recipe for this cute little turkey or if you try my recipe, you don't have to use low fat cheese - it's up to you!  

This is sure to be a hit at all of your holiday gatherings  - Enjoy! 

INDREDIENTS For Cheesball: 

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8 oz. softened low fat cream cheese

4 oz. shredded low fat cheddar cheese

1 teaspoon dried onion powder

1 teaspoon dried garlic powder

1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 

2 teaspoons dried parsley

1/4 cup low fat ranch salad dressing 

1/2 cup chopped pecans & walnuts 

INGREDIENTS for Turkey head and feathers: 

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 pretzel sticks 

thin bread sticks (for tail feathers)

1 Slim Jim 

Twizzlers

green & yellow food coloring for beak and eyes

 PREPARATION: 

1. In a medium bowl mix all cheese ball ingredients, except for the nuts. 

 

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2. Form the cheese mixture into a ball and gently roll in the chopped walnuts and pecans. 

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3. Bend the end of a Slim Jim to create the turkey neck and head. I find this works best when you warm the Slim Jim in your hand before you bend it - This way it won't break. 

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 4. Mix cream cheese with a couple drops of yellow food coloring in a small zip lock bag. Clip the corner and squeeze cream cheese to create the beak.  

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5. Mix cream cheese with a couple drops of green food coloring in a small zip lock bag for the turkey's eyes. 

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6. I used a small piece of red licorice for the gobbler and stick it right into the cream cheese "beak" - this holds the licorice in place.  I arranged 3 rows of pretzel sticks for the feathers. The last row of feathers is thin breadsticks.

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7. Serve with crackers and/or veggies - Gobble, Gobble!!

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Comments 62

 
Guest - Gia on Thursday, 02 October 2014 16:02
Licorice

How did you make the licorice stay?

How did you make the licorice stay?
Guest - Colleen Lopez on Saturday, 04 October 2014 16:47
Licorice Gobbler

Hi Gia,
I stick the licorice right into the cream cheese beak and it stays put!

Hi Gia, I stick the licorice right into the cream cheese beak and it stays put!
Guest - Seriously on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 20:01
I don't get it.

Why use candy... it just doesn't go with the rest. Couldn't you use a sliver of red pepper instead of licorice and get the same look but something that would taste good with cheese? Otherwise, Thanks for the cute recipe.

Why use candy... it just doesn't go with the rest. Couldn't you use a sliver of red pepper instead of licorice and get the same look but something that would taste good with cheese? Otherwise, Thanks for the cute recipe.
Guest - Shawn Marie Bolyn on Friday, 10 October 2014 02:49
Red Pepper

I love this and I plan to make it but I'm going to substitute the red pepper for the licorice ... Thanks for posting that suggestion !!!

I love this and I plan to make it but I'm going to substitute the red pepper for the licorice ... Thanks for posting that suggestion !!!
Guest - Julie on Friday, 10 October 2014 15:07
Yes, red pepper

Yes, I agree, great idea using red pepper!!!

Yes, I agree, great idea using red pepper!!!
Guest - Cristy on Thursday, 23 October 2014 17:52
Pimento

I'm going to use a pimento for the gobble rather than the licorice.

I'm going to use a pimento for the gobble rather than the licorice.
Guest - Maryann Coberly on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 01:54
OH YEAH MOMMA!!!

thank you I WILL BE MAKING THIS THANKSGIVING WOOO HOOO

thank you I WILL BE MAKING THIS THANKSGIVING WOOO HOOO
Guest - Ellen owen on Friday, 03 October 2014 20:01
Colleen's Fat Cheese Ball Turkey!!

Looks great for Thanksgiving!!

Looks great for Thanksgiving!!
Guest - Tricia on Saturday, 04 October 2014 15:46
Cheese Ball Turkey

How did you attach the licorice to the Slim Jim?

How did you attach the licorice to the Slim Jim?
Guest - Colleen Lopez on Saturday, 04 October 2014 16:48
Licorice Gobbler

Hi Tricia, I stick the end of the licorice right into the cream cheese beak and it stays in place (until someone eats it!)

Hi Tricia, I stick the end of the licorice right into the cream cheese beak and it stays in place (until someone eats it!)
Guest - kathy costello on Saturday, 04 October 2014 16:23
Cheeseball turkey

How do you make the red licorice stick?

How do you make the red licorice stick?
Guest - Colleen Lopez on Saturday, 04 October 2014 16:49
Licorice Gobbler

Hi Kathy, I stick the end of the licorice right into the cream cheese beak and it stays in place!

Hi Kathy, I stick the end of the licorice right into the cream cheese beak and it stays in place!
Guest - kathy costello on Saturday, 04 October 2014 16:29
Kathy costello

HOW DO YOU MAKE THE RED LICORICE STICK?

HOW DO YOU MAKE THE RED LICORICE STICK?
Guest - Kari on Sunday, 05 October 2014 16:45
pull and peel i'm guessing

It looks like a red licorice pull and peel. You could just pull a piece of it off i guess :)

It looks like a red licorice pull and peel. You could just pull a piece of it off i guess :)
Guest - Sandie on Monday, 06 October 2014 18:05
Turkey Cheeseball

LOL, apparently people aren't reading the previous Q&A's
And you so patiently keep repeating yourself. God bless you honey. It's adorable and I think I'm going to try it. Thanks.

LOL, apparently people aren't reading the previous Q&A's And you so patiently keep repeating yourself. God bless you honey. It's adorable and I think I'm going to try it. Thanks.
Guest - s on Saturday, 11 October 2014 12:14
Nice one.

Love it cute idea. Thanks for sharing your recipe and for answering the same repetitive questions.

Love it cute idea. Thanks for sharing your recipe and for answering the same repetitive questions.
Guest - michelle on Saturday, 04 October 2014 22:13
lowfat cheese ball

Do you have to add the ranch? Not a fan....can something replace it?

Do you have to add the ranch? Not a fan....can something replace it?
Guest - Colleen Lopez on Monday, 06 October 2014 14:11
Ranch Substitue

Hi Michelle, A little sour cream would be a good substitute for ranch dressing. My mom uses softened butter in this recipe so that would work too!

Hi Michelle, A little sour cream would be a good substitute for ranch dressing. My mom uses softened butter in this recipe so that would work too!
Guest - FHB on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 19:39
Low Fat

This would take away from the "Low Fat" idea

This would take away from the "Low Fat" idea
Guest - mchase on Sunday, 26 October 2014 18:14
Greek yogurt

Greek yogurt would work to keep it low fat and it works as a great substitution for sour cream

Greek yogurt would work to keep it low fat and it works as a great substitution for sour cream