The After School Kids Thanksgiving Treat

 Yesterday was the last day I cooked for the after school kids until after Thanksgiving break.  I am so busy getting ready for Thanksgiving that I decided to make them a huge meat and cheese platter since I can whip one up fast.  It is always one of their favorite things and for this one, I made them something special.  A turkey cheese ball!  This platter is almost 3 feet long so they had plenty to snack on.  This is the recipe for the cheese ball:


  • 1 pound bacon
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves, divided
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1 (1-ounce) package Ranch Seasoning and Salad Dressing Mix 
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  2. In a food processor,pulse all but 6 pieces of the cooked bacon, half of the pecans and 2 tablespoons parsley; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese, cheddar cheese, goat cheese, Ranch Seasoning, Worcestershire and 6 pieces of diced bacon and parsley on medium-high until well combine.
  4. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight. Shape the mixture into a ball and roll in the prepared bacon-pecan mixture.
  5. Serve with crackers.

I sent along apples to be sliced and served with it and some different flavored mustards and lots of additional crackers and pretzels.

Make the turkey head by using a Slim Jim and attaching a piece of candy corn to it with royal icing.  Make the eyes using two dots of royal icing with a black peppercorn in the center.  Ritz Crackers are the nest and pretzel sticks are the tail feathers.

I hear that the kids were thrilled with this though they weren't sure what it was.  None of them had ever seen a cheese ball before.  Really something, eh?


Susan said…
Another first! I am a lover of cheese balls, and this one sounds delicious. I love the turkey-ness of it!
Heritage Hall said…
You are the best, dear lady !! What a heart
for others..... really appreciate your sharing
the instructions for the Tom Turkey construction
and recipe.... A blessed Thanksgiving to you and yours.
Mary said…
That is just amazing.....I said before these kids will be talking about you for a long time! They will probably tell their children about you. I know your guests will enjoy the holiday at your feast too.
Ian's Girl said…
I had never seen a cheese ball til I was 24 years old and living in Los Angeles. One of my co-workers brought it in for a potluck we had.

Yours looks amazing, and those babies will remember it as long as they live!
Anonymous said…
It looks just amazing!
Those kids are lucky!

I'm not sure how old I was when I saw my first cheese ball but it was on tv and I wasn't that old.

Have a great day!

Kay said…
Good gosh! I'm speechless! That's fabulous1
chickpea678 said…
That is so darn cute!