Cute Turkey Charcuterie Board Idea for Christmas or Thanksgiving

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Get ready to gobble up some holiday fun with this adorable turkey charcuterie board idea for a Christmas or Thanksgiving appetizer!

For the turkey body, you’ll need a ripe pear, mozzarella balls for the eyes, black olives for the pupils, a carrot for the beak, and a slice of red bell pepper for the wattle. Surround your festive fowl with slices of roasted turkey breast, honey-glazed ham, a variety of cheeses, mixed nuts, dried fruits, fresh grapes or berries, assorted olives, and don’t forget the must-have dipping sauces and crackers. It’s a deliciously creative way to celebrate the season with friends and family!

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This Turkey Charcuterie Board idea with a pear as the turkey body is a creative & delicious way to impress your guests with a festive appetizer.

Why I love this Turkey Charcuterie Board Idea

This fun charcuterie board adds a playful and festive twist to your holiday gatherings. It’s a delightful conversation starter and a creative way to enjoy classic holiday flavors. Plus, it’s perfect for all ages, making it a crowd-pleaser that will have everyone smiling and munching away.

The best part about this appetizer is that it’s SO simple to make but it looks like a million bucks! I have included the step-by-step instructions to take you through exactly what you need to do to make this for Thanksgiving or Christmas. This board is kid-friendly, but adults love the board just as much! There is no wrong way to make this so get creative and have fun!

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Ingredients you’ll need for this festive appetizer

With these ingredients, you’ll have everything you need to assemble a delightful and delicious turkey charcuterie board for your holiday celebrations.

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For the turkey body

  • Large ripe pear
  • Small mozzarella balls (for the eyes)
  • Small black olives (for the pupils)
  • Small carrot (for the beak)
  • Red bell pepper (for the wattle)

For the charcuterie board

  • Roasted turkey breast
  • Slices of honey-glazed ham
  • Assorted cheeses (such as cheddar, brie, and blue cheese)
  • Mixed nuts (almonds, cashews, or walnuts)
  • Dried fruits (apricots, cranberries, or figs)
  • Fresh grapes or berries
  • Assorted olives (green, Kalamata, or stuffed)
  • Whole grain mustard or honey mustard for dipping
  • Crackers or baguette slices

Be sure to check out the full ingredient list and printable recipe in the recipe card below.

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How to make a Turkey Charcuterie Board

Now that you’ve gathered all of the ingredients for this board, it’s time for the fun part – putting it all together! It’s so pretty and delicious, and will definitely be the star of the holiday party! 

Step 1: Start by assembling the pear turkey body. Place the pear at the center of a large serving platter or board, with the narrow end facing forward.

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Step 2: Insert two small mozzarella balls into the narrow end of the pear to create the eyes. Place two small black olive slices on top of the mozzarella balls for the pupils.

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Step 3: Use a small triangle-shaped piece of carrot as the beak, positioning it just below the eyes.

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Step 4: Add a small slice of red bell pepper just below the beak as the wattle.

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Step 5: Surround the pear turkey with slices of roasted turkey breast and honey-glazed ham, arranging them in a fan-like pattern to resemble turkey feathers.

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Step 6: Fan baby carrots on top of the turkey “feathers”.

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Step 7: Complete the “feathers” by fanning sugar snap peas.

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Step 8: Fill the rest of the charcuterie board with an assortment of cheeses, mixed nuts, dried fruits, fresh grapes or berries, assorted olives, and crackers or baguette slices, arranging them artistically around the pear turkey.

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Step 9: Place a small bowl of whole grain mustard, honey mustard or this Spicy Mustard Dip near the board for dipping.

Serve your Turkey Charcuterie Board as an appetizer or centerpiece for your holiday gathering, and enjoy the combination of flavors and textures.

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Make this Turkey Christmas Charcuterie Board Idea, then check out some of my other appetizers like my 10 Minute Caramel Cheesecake Apple Dip, or my Cucumber Hummus Bites Appetizer.

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Tips and frequently asked questions

Read on for tips and substitution ideas on how to make this charcuterie board vegan, how to customize this board, and how to store.

Can I make a smaller version of this charcuterie board for a smaller group?

Certainly! You can scale down the ingredients to suit the size of your gathering. Adjust the quantities to match the number of guests you’ll be serving.

How can I make my charcuterie board look more festive for the holidays?

You can add seasonal touches like sprigs of fresh herbs, edible flowers, or holiday-themed decorations like small ornaments or festive napkins.

Can I customize the charcuterie board with different meats and cheeses?

Absolutely! Feel free to mix and match your favorite deli meats and cheeses. It’s all about creating a board that suits your taste and preferences.

How should I store any leftovers from the charcuterie board?

Store leftovers in airtight containers in the refrigerator. Meats and cheeses can be refrigerated for a few days, while fruits and vegetables are best when consumed sooner to maintain freshness.

What are some vegetarian or vegan alternatives for this board?

For a vegetarian version, you can replace the turkey and ham with meatless options like vegetarian deli slices or plant-based alternatives. Use vegan cheese options for a vegan-friendly board.

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Turkey Charcuterie Board Recipe

Turkey Charcuterie Board Recipe

Yield: 8-10 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Elevate your holiday entertaining with this cute Turkey Charcuterie Board appetizer featuring a whimsical pear turkey centerpiece. This creative and delicious arrangement combines a variety of savory and sweet flavors, making it a festive and delightful addition to your Christmas or Thanksgiving gathering.

Ingredients

For the Turkey Body:

  • 1 large ripe pear
  • 2 small mozzarella balls (for the eyes)
  • 2 small black olives (for the pupils)
  • 1 small carrot (for the beak)
  • 1 slice of red bell pepper (for the wattle)

For the Charcuterie Board:

  • 8-10 slices of roasted turkey breast
  • 8-10 slices of honey-glazed ham
  • 1 cup assorted cheeses (such as cheddar, brie, and blue cheese)
  • 1/2 cup mixed nuts (almonds, cashews, or walnuts)
  • 1/2 cup dried fruits (apricots, cranberries, or figs)
  • 1/2 cup fresh grapes or berries
  • 1/4 cup assorted olives (green, Kalamata, or stuffed)
  • 1/4 cup whole grain mustard or honey mustard for dipping
  • 1/4 cup crackers or baguette slices

Instructions

  1. Start by assembling the pear turkey body. Place the pear at the center of a large serving platter or board, with the narrow end facing forward.
  2. Insert two small mozzarella balls into the narrow end of the pear to create the eyes. Place two small black olive slices on top of the mozzarella balls for the pupils.
  3. Use a small triangle-shaped piece of carrot as the beak, positioning it just below the eyes.
  4. Add a small slice of red bell pepper just below the beak as the wattle.
  5. Surround the pear turkey with slices of roasted turkey breast and honey-glazed ham, arranging them in a fan-like pattern to resemble turkey feathers.
  6. Near the turkey head, fan baby carrots on top of the turkey “feathers”.
  7. Complete the “feathers” by fanning sugar snap peas.
  8. Fill the rest of the charcuterie board with an assortment of cheeses, mixed nuts, dried fruits, fresh grapes or berries, assorted olives, and crackers or baguette slices, arranging them artistically around the pear turkey.
  9. Place a small bowl of whole grain mustard or honey mustard near the board for dipping.
  10. Serve your Turkey Charcuterie Board as an appetizer or centerpiece for your holiday gathering, and enjoy the combination of flavors and textures.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 483Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 679mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 4gSugar: 29gProtein: 38g

The provided nutrition information is an estimate and it does not take brands into account. I use an automatic API to calculate this information.

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