Cheese Bread Turkey for Thanksgiving Dinner
Quick Cheese Bread Turkey
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
A quick and easy recipe to make a turkey shaped loaf of bread speckled with sharp cheddar cheese and topped with bits of caramelized Parmigiano Reggiano.
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Thanksgiving
Keyword: cheese bread turkey, cheesey bread
Servings: 12 people
Author: Beth Jackson Klosterboer
  • 1 cup finely shredded Parmigiano Reggiano cheese divided
  • 25.5 ounces 6 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons table salt
  • 8 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese cut into 1/4 inch cubes
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs beaten lightly
  • optional 1/2 cup cheddar cheese spread
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Spray the inside of both halves of the turkey cake pan with baking spray.
  3. Sprinkle about 1/3rd of the shredded Parmigiano Reggiano cheese into the pan (except over the turkey's head).
  4. Pour flour into a large mixing bowl.
  5. Add baking powder and salt and stir to combine.
  6. Add the cheddar cheese cubes and the remaining Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.
  7. Toss to coat the cheese in the flour.
  8. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, sour cream, butter, and egg.
  9. Pour it over the flour mixture and fold just until combined. (Do not over mix or the bread will be dense).
  10. Bake for 50-60 minutes until deep golden brown on the top.
  11. If you plan to serve the two halves separately, allow the bread to cool in the pan for 20 minutes then remove and set on a cooling rack until completely cooled.
  12. If you plan to put the two halves together then allow the bread to cool in the pan for 1 hour, then use a serrated knife to cut the domed tops off the bread loaves.
  13. Remove from pan and allow to cool completely.
  14. Slather a layer of cheddar cheese spread over one loaf then press the two halves together forming a 3-D turkey.