Gobble Gobble!

fruit turkeyWith American Thanksgiving racing toward us at breakneck speed (next week? SERIOUSLY???), I wanted to share this fun and easy nibbler turkey. It’s a great little snack for those hours of parade watching, while the smell of the real turkey is scenting the air and driving everyone mad with hunger. Plus there are vegetables! So it means you get them out of the way early, leaving your mealtime free for potatoes and stuffing and gravy!

(Fellow Canucks, save this for next October. I’ll try to remind you in time next year 🙂 )

As you can see, it’s pretty self explanatory. Here’s what you need:

  • 1 honeydew melon (cantaloupe would also work)
  • 1 pear, preferably Bosc
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 orange pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • green grapes (red would also work, I think)
  • chunks of any firm cheese (I might leave those out this year and use orange segments or pineapple chunks instead)
  • 2 raisins
  • bamboo shish kebob skewers
  • toothpicks

Cut a small slice off the least attractive side of the melon so it will sit flat on a plate.

Cut the peppers in half, seed them, and cut into lengthwise strips. Use toothpicks to attach to the melon in two rows, alternating colors.

Alternate the grapes and cheese (orange/pineapple) onto bamboo skewers. Stick them into the melon behind the rows of peppers.

Use toothpicks and/or broken skewers to attach the pear to the “front” of the melon. Use raisins for eyes (attach with a broken toothpick), a triangular piece of cheese or yellow pepper for the beak, and a strip of res pepper for the wattle.

Snap a photo, serve, and enjoy.