Looking for a fun Thanksgiving activity to do with your kids? This turkey cheese ball is a creative-yet-yummy way to commemorate the holiday. Making the cheese ball is easy – besides the main ingredients, all you need are a few veggies and pretzels to decorate your turkey. Grab your kids and get started. Your guests are going to gobble up this appetizer!

Turkey Cheese Ball Recipe

2 pkg cream cheese, softened
1 T ranch dressing
¼ c green onion, chopped
½ c cheddar cheese, shredded
¼ lb bacon, cooked and crumbled
¼ c sour cream
sliced almonds
goat cheese, formed into a ball
pretzel sticks
black olives
red and orange bell peppers
other veggies, such as carrots and celery

cling wrap


  1. Mix cream cheese, ranch dressing, green onion, cheese, bacon and sour cream
  2. Lay out cling wrap and place cream cheese mixture on top
  3. Wrap cling wrap around mixture then refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight
  4. Pull out of refrigerator and form mixture into a ball
  5. Roll ball into sliced almonds
  6. Using toothpicks, secure goat cheese ball to the top of the cream cheese ball
  7. Add tail feathers with pretzels
  8. Add black olives for eyes, red bell pepper for waddle and orange bell peppers for feet
  9. Garnish with crackers, pretzels, veggies and jellies

If you like this recipe, you may also like our online recipes for Chèvre and Roasted Tomato Cheese Dome, Spiced Holiday Mixed Nuts or Lox and Herbed Cream Cheese Canapes.