Turkey-shaped cakes, turkey cheese balls – when will the madness stop? Well, probably not any time soon! Turkeys of all sorts are found in homes around America as we all celebrate Thanksgiving. You might as well jump on the bandwagon and make your own turkey centerpiece this year! Your centerpiece won’t be just for decorating, though. Yours is an edible and delicious part of the Thanksgiving meal.
Guests can munch on slices of fruit while they wait for the finishing touches to the actual Thanksgiving dinner. Arrange the fruits in a certain manner and you’ll create the look of a turkey with little effort. Start by taking a pear and cutting it in half. Remove the stem then cut into the area where the stem was. Cut straight down to half the pear.
Lay the pear on a platter so that the cut side is against the plate. Make the turkey’s feathers by arranging apple and orange slices. Core an apple, peel it, then cut it into thin slices. Arrange the apple slices so that the small ends of them are up against the pear. Place the apple slices from one side of the pear, down near the bottom, up and over the top, then down to the opposite side. If you want, slightly tuck the ends of the apple slices under the pear.
You’ll create a second row of turkey feathers when you place orange slices on top of the apple pieces. Lay one orange slice on the apples, skip an apple, then position another orange slice. Continue doing this from one side to the other.
Make feet shapes for the turkey by cutting small pieces of cheese or dried apricots. Tuck them under the bottom of the pear. Use a tiny bit of softened cream cheese or peanut butter as adhesive to add the other features. Attach two chocolate chips, Skittles, or other tiny foods to make eyes. Make a nose by attaching a piece of a nut or even the end of a piece of candy corn. Make a waddle by using a piece of black olive or a dried cranberry. Attach it over the nose.
Set the turkey-theme plate of fruit on the appetizer table or use it as a centerpiece for the dinner table. The guests will pluck the “feathers” off the turkey and gobble them up!