5 from 2 votes
bacon ranch cheese ball decorated to look like a turkey is surrounded by cheese topped cracker feathers
Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Turkey Platter
Prep Time
45 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Dress up your cheese ball for Thanksgiving by turning it into an adorably cute turkey complete with cheese and cracker feathers, cheese eyes, a beak, wattle, and feet. 

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon ranch cheese ball, turkey cheese ball
Servings: 24
Author: Beth
Ingredients
Cheese & Cracker Feathers
  • 15 slices orange or orange and white cheese (cheddar, Co-Jack, etc.)
  • 60 oval crackers
Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Turkey
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 6 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded (1 1/2 cups or use scraps from cheese ball)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ranch dressing
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup finely chopped bacon
Turkey Eyes, Wattle, Beak, and Feet
  • 1 slice orange cheese
  • 1 slice white cheese
  • black and red food coloring markers
Instructions
Cheese & Cracker Feathers
  1. Cut 4 leaves out of each slice of cheese and set one slice on each cracker. 

  2. Arrange in four rows in a half moon shape on a large serving platter, overlapping the crackers as you go, leaving an opening on the interior of the half moon for the cheese ball. 

Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Turkey
  1. Stir together the softened cream cheese, shredded cheese (or scraps from above), the ranch dressing and Worcestershire sauce until well combined. 

  2. Scoop about 1/3rd of the cheese spread into a shallow bowl filled with the bacon. 

  3. Coat the cheese spread in the bacon and roll it into a ball.

  4. Set aside.

  5. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the cheese spread for later. 

  6. Roll the rest in bacon shaping it into an oval shaped turkey body.

  7. Set the turkey body in the opening in the crackers. 

  8. Attach the cheese ball head using some of the reserved cheese spread. 

Turkey Eyes, Wattle, Beak, and Feet
  1. Cut two circle shaped eyes out of the white cheese and draw on pupils using a black food coloring marker. 

  2. Cut out a triangle shaped beak and a tear drop shaped wattle from the orange cheese. 

  3. Brush red food coloring over the tear drop shaped wattle. 

  4. Cut two triangle shaped feet each with 3 toes. 

  5. Attach the Turkey Eyes, Wattle, Beak, and Feet to the cheese ball using the remaining cheese spread.

  6. Serve and enjoy!