DECORATIONS 3 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, softened 2 tablespoons 2% milk Brown, orange and yellow paste food coloring 6 large oval crackers 1 large sweet red pepper 1 small yellow summer squash 1 cup Pecan Halves Assorted crackers
n a small bowl, beat the first six ingredients until combined. Shape
into a ball; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.
In another small bowl, beat cream cheese and milk until smooth. Divide
among four small bowls. With food coloring, tint one bowl brown, one
dark orange and one light orange (using yellow and orange); leave one
bowl plain. Transfer each mixture to a heavy-duty resealable plastic bag; cut a small hole in a corner of each bag. For turkey tail feathers, decorate the top halves of large oval crackers with tinted cream cheese.
Using the red pepper, form the turkey head, neck and wattle. For beak,
cut a small triangle from summer squash; attach with cream cheese. Add
eyes, using brown and plain cream cheese. Insert pecan halves and
decorated crackers into cheese ball. Serve with assorted crackers.
Yield: 1 cheese ball (3 cups).