Thanksgiving Turkey-Shaped Cheese Platter Appetizer
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This awesome cheese platter is shaped like a Thanksgiving turkey :) The turkey head and body is made out of cheese, and the feathers are made out of the alternating layers of cheese, salami and crackers! This is a perfect Thanksgiving appetizer!
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Serves: 16 servings
  • 6 oz Ritz crackers
  • 3 oz Swiss cheese slices
  • 5 oz Cheddar cheese slices
  • 4 oz Salami slices
  • 2 chocolate chips
  1. Prepare a large plate or a tray, at least 16 inches in diameter.
  2. Cut out the turkey head, body and feet from the cheddar cheese slice and arrange on the bottom of the tray as shown on the picture. Add the chocolate chips for the eyes. Cut out the small triangle for the beak out of the Swiss cheese and add to the turkey head. Cut out of the small stripe for the beard from the salami slice and add to the turkey head.
  3. If your cheese slices are large size, cut them into quarters.
  4. Arrange the Salami slices around the turkey head and body as shown on the picture. The Salami slices should partially go under the turkey and should overlap each other.
  5. Arrange the Swiss cheese slices in an overlapping manner around the turkey, and have them partially go under the Salami slices as shown on the picture.
  6. Arrange another layer of Salami slices to go partially under the Swiss slices and overlap each other.
  7. Arrange the Cheddar cheese slices around Salami, to go partially under the Salami slices and overlap each other.
  8. Arrange the Ritz crackers around the Cheddar cheese slices, putting them partially under the Cheddar cheese as shown on the picture.
  9. Arrange the 2nd overlapping layer of Ritz crackers around the turkey.
If refrigerating for later, wrap the turkey cheese platter in a plastic wrap to prevent salami and cheese from drying out.
Recipe by Melanie Cooks at