Create a fun and healthy pre-Thanksgiving dinner snack tray for all those hungry guests with a turkey charcuterie board.
Spice up your traditional Thanksgiving table this holiday season with a Thanksgiving turkey charcuterie board as the perfect appetizer. Whether you’re celebrating with your family or hosting a dinner with friends, a charcuterie board is a great way to make your celebration unique and memorable. Packed with a variety of flavors and textures, your guests will be talking about it long after the festivities are over.
In this article, we’ll share some creative ideas on how to put together a themed charcuterie board that will amaze all your guests. From the different ingredients to best presentation ideas, you’ll have everything you need to prepare the perfect charcuterie board that will take your holiday gatherings to the next level.
How to Create a Turkey-Shaped Charcuterie Board
Putting together a fun appetizer for your Thanksgiving gatherings is a perfect way to celebrate the holiday. See why I love these easy Thanksgiving appetizers!
- Healthy! - Requires fresh ingredients like seasonal fruits and veggies
- Easy to customize to preference
- A fun way to present food, especially for kids
- Perfect for using up produce so it won't go to waste
- It only takes minimal effort - no hours upon hours in the kitchen
- Adds healthy variety for picky eaters and diet restrictions
So grab a good charcuterie board and let's get creative!
For all you lovers of fresh fruits, this one's for you. If presentation is high on your list, definitely try a fun turkey design. This is a beautiful board and a great way to incorporate some artistic elements to your feast. If you are looking for a healthy dessert board, this could be a good option.
For this fruit board you will want to create your turkey first. Your pineapple will be the body base. Set this on your charcuterie board and then proceed to assemble to turkey feathers. Using wooden skewers, add fruit pieces in a fun and colorful pattern or try to incorporate some fall colors. When your skewers are assembled, stick them into the pineapple to resemble turkey feathers.
To create a turkey head, I used a half of a banana and skewered it to the pineapple also. Make sure to use the top half of your banana so it will look like a mouth. Add eyes with a black marker and you can use a piece of red string or licorice to be part of the gobbler.
Fill in with fruit around the base of your turkey with extra fruity delicacies.
Supplies Used for This Fruit Turkey
- Whole pineapple
- Cutie oranges
- Red grapes or green grapes
- Half a banana (the top piece)
- Sliced and peeled kiwi
- Turkey face - permanent marker, red string or licorice
- Wooden skewers
Veggie Turkey Charcuterie Board
What better way to fulfill your Thanksgiving appetite than with a fun charcuterie board of fresh veggies? But not just any typical veggie tray. These vegetables are placed in the shape of a turkey body for some extra pizazz.
Make your veggie turkey by first starting with the base of the body. I used cucumbers, peppers, cauliflower pieces and small tomatoes to establish the base. Then you can add the tail feathers. Feel free to get a little creative in which produce you prefer for this part.
When your body is done, add on the feet and a wing. I used additional peppers for this. Then make your head out of extra peppers. I drew on an eye with a permanent marker. Throw on a side of dip and your cute turkey veggie delight is complete.
Supplies Used for Veggie Turkey
- Pickles, sliced
- Celery, sliced
- Baby carrots or whole carrots, cut and peeled
- Cherry or grape tomatoes
- Sliced cucumber
- Sliced red and yellow peppers
- Permanent marker for face
Turkey Charcuterie Board - Variety Platter
If you don't want straight fruit or vegetables, using a variety can also make a beautiful charcuterie board. For this next turkey board, I used a selection of fruit, crackers and a variety of cheeses.
Begin this themed charcuterie board by laying down your rows of crackers and cheeses into four separate columns that are spaced evenly apart. These will span the length of the tray. Next, fill in the areas in between and on the outsides of your crackers and cheeses with a colored fruit or veggie.
When the main body is done, take your pear and place it at the center of the tray for the turkey head. I made a face using some of the cheese and strawberries. And then I added black sprinkles for the candy eyes. This is super simple and a very fun display.
Supplies Used for Variety Board
- Sliced kiwi
- Fresh grapes
- Assortment of cheeses cut into a rectangular shape
- Crackers like Wheat thins, Triscuits or Club crackers
- Black sprinkles for eyes
If you want some extra dimension to make the perfect turkey, try styling your turkey upright for some 3D action. It makes a great addition to add berries onto toothpicks and poke them into the top of the pear.
Other Easy Charcuterie Platter Ideas
Looking for more of the best charcuterie boards? Don't miss these kid-friendly charcuterie boards that are perfect for entertaining kids and teens, including Halloween options too! We also have a New Year's Eve tray, Christmas candy boards and a hot cocoa charcuterie.
When it comes to creating the perfect turkey charcuterie board, the possibilities are essentially endless. From fresh and crunchy vegetables, to smoked turkey, to a wide array of cheeses and nuts, each board can be customized to the individual’s unique tastes. By taking the time to think outside of the box and select a variety of healthy and delicious items for your charcuterie board, you can create a unique and beautiful spread that will wow your guests.
So the next time you’re looking for a new and creative way to wow your guests with delicious food, turn to the turkey charcuterie board for a guaranteed hit. With the right ingredients and creative presentation, you can create a truly memorable and delicious experience.
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