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Turkey Cheese Ball

1 Hour 5 Minutes
20 Min Prep
1 Hr 5 Min Cook
Start the Thanksgiving festivities with a cute Turkey Cheese Ball! This Turkey Cheese Ball with peppers and nuts is shaped like everyone's favorite dinner fowl.
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24 servings
Original recipe yields 24 servings
1 cup PLANTERS Pecan Halves, divided
2 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1 pkg. (8 oz.) KRAFT Finely Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
4 slices cooked OSCAR MAYER Bacon, crumbled
2 green onions, chopped
1 Tbsp. (about half of 0.7-oz. env.) GOOD SEASONS Italian Dressing Mix
1 Tbsp. LEA & PERRINS Worcestershire Sauce
1 each orange, red and yellow pepper, cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips, divided
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Let's Make It
1
Chop enough nuts to measure 1/2 cup; place in large bowl. Add cream cheese, cheddar, bacon, onions, dressing mix and Worcestershire sauce; beat with mixer until blended.
2
Refrigerate 45 min. or until firm.
3
Reserve 1 tsp. cream cheese mixture. Shape remaining cream cheese mixture into oblong-shaped ball for the turkey's body.
4
Cut small piece off 1 yellow pepper strip; reserve along with 2 red pepper strips for the turkey's beak and waddle. Starting at back end of cheese ball, insert ends of half the remaining pepper strips into cheese ball for the turkey's tail feathers as shown in photo. Fan remaining pepper strips around back bottom edge of cheese ball for second row of feathers, inserting ends of peppers into cheese ball to secure.
5
Insert remaining nuts into top of cheese ball as shown in photo. Insert reserved red pepper strips into front of cheese ball for the turkey's waddle, then use reserved cream cheese mixture to attach reserved yellow pepper piece to top of 1 pepper strip for the turkey's beak.
Kitchen Tips
Serving Suggestion
Serve with water crackers and fresh vegetable dippers.
Soften Cream Cheese
Place completely unwrapped package of cream cheese in microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 10 sec. or just until softened. Add 15 sec. for each additional package of cream cheese.
How to Use the Remaining Dressing Mix
Store remaining dry dressing mix in airtight container until ready to use. Place remaining dressing mix in jar with lid. Add 2 Tbsp. HEINZ Distilled White Vinegar and 1 Tbsp. water; cover with lid, then shake until blended. Add 1/4 cup oil; cover and shake until blended. Use as desired, then refrigerate any remaining dressing.
Nutrition
Calories
150
Calories From Fat
0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g
18%
Saturated Fat 6g
30%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 30mg
10%
Sodium 220mg
10%
Total Carbohydrates 3g
1%
Dietary Fibers 1g
4%
Sugars 2g
4%
Protein 4g
8%
Vitamin A
25%
Vitamin C
20%
Calcium
2%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Servings
24 servings, 2 Tbsp. each
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.
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