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Turkey Charcuterie Board for Thanksgiving

Make a fun turkey charcuterie board and crudites to add a festive touch to the appetizer table this Thanksgiving!

Create a fun and delicious Turkey Charcuterie Board to serve with Thanksgiving dinner. This board doesn’t contain any actual turkey, it’s made with fresh vegetables, delicious cheese, crackers, and salami to create a turkey shape. This beautiful board is simple and the perfect appetizer for guests of all ages! Kids will especially enjoy the fun turkey shape!

​Make your own Turkey snack board with a few fresh veggies, crackers, cheese, and salami! And don’t forget eye sprinkles to make the turkey extra fun!

Overhead view of a Turkey Charcuterie Board on a round wooden cheese board.

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Try this adorable turkey board to add a little extra splash of fun to your Thanksgiving table!

​What Makes This The Perfect Turkey Board?

This fun Thanksgiving Turkey Charcuterie Board is the perfect way to serve savory meats and cheese this holiday season. It combines crudites and traditional charcuterie ingredients. The result is an appetizer with a variety of flavors and a fun shape.

Crudité is a French word for an appetizer made of raw vegetables. They are typically served on a large board or serving platter. So basically, crudité is just a veggie tray! Traditional charcuterie is a combination of cured meats and cheese on a large platter. This easy Thanksgiving charcuterie board has both!

What Do I Need to Make a Turkey Charcuterie Board?

  • Carrots – The orange color of carrots makes them perfect for the “tail feathers” on this turkey. Cut whole carrots into long sticks for the most feather-like appearance.
  • Celery – Green celery sticks are also great for turkey feathers! Plus, they have a satisfying crunch!
  • Cucumbers – Cut the cucumber into long cucumber slices to match the carrots and celery.
  • Artisan crackers – Use long artisan crackers to further replicate the look of feathers.
  • Manchego Cheese – For this fun board I used manchego cheese. Cut a wedge into thin slices of cheese.
  • Salami – Salami is an excellent option for this turkey charcuterie tray. It is already cut into thin round pieces, which makes it perfect for the body. Substitute salami for different meats if you wish.
  • Eye sprinkles – What really makes this turkey a fun idea is adding eyes!

Serve a cheese ball, veggie dip, or hummus for dipping the vegetables alongside the board.

Close up view of a Turkey Charcuterie Board made with crudite and charcuterie.

How to Make a Turkey Charcuterie Board

This fun cheese board is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving Day appetizer table! The fun turkey design makes it fun for kids, but the cheeses and meats make it great for adults too.

The Crudite Layers – “The Feathers”

Start with the turkey feathers, which are made with carrots, celery, and cucumber. Peel the carrots and cut them into long sticks. They should be roughly 6″ long. Fan the carrots out on a round cheese board.

Next, slice the cucumber into 6″ sticks as well. Then fan the cucumber out over the carrots. The cucumber should overlap the carrot sticks, but leave about 3″ of carrot visible.

Finish the vegetable portion of the turkey with the celery. Cut it into 6″ long sticks as well. Then fan it out over the cucumber. Again, it should only overlap about 3″ of the cucumber.

turkey charcuterie board

Pro Tip: Use a vegetable peeler to peel the back of the celery. This removes the celery strings. It makes celery easier and more enjoyable to eat.

The Charcuterie Layers

Next, lay down about 4 overlapping pieces of salami. This will be the body of the turkey. The base layer of salami acts as a guide for shaping the crackers and cheese. It also adds height to the rest of the salami.

Fan out the artisan crackers over the celery. The crackers need to overlap each other and the celery. Use the salami as a guide for the shape of the crackers. Ideally, some of the crackers should be on either side of the salami. This creates a full look of feathers.

Assembling a Turkey Charcuterie Board with carrots, celery, cucumber, artisan crackers, and salami.

The cheese is the next layer. I used Manchego cheese for this step. Manchego is typically sold in a wedge with a rind. When this cheese is cut, it’s in little triangles. Which is perfect for the feathers. If you don’t like manchego, any wedge of cheese works!

Fan out the cheese so it overlaps the crackers using the salami base as a guide. The cheese should also overlap the salami base. Cheese should wrap around the top half of the salami base.

Creating the Turkey Body

Finally, assemble the turkey body. Lay about 4 overlapping slices of salami over the salami base. It will also cover some of the cheese. Lay another 4 overlapping slices at a slight angle to the right and left of the base. Both sides should slightly overlap the center and come together at the base.

Finish the body with a final set of 4 overlapping salami slices in the middle. Then add two sprinkle eyes and a small carrot triangle for the beak. Alternatively, you can make eyes using black olives!

Turkey Charcuterie Board with the Turkey body made of salami.

Voila! An adorable turkey-shaped charcuterie board for Thanksgiving! Serve this board with hummus, veggie dip, or a little honey to complement the flavors.

Other Charcuterie Ingredient Ideas

The key to any good charcuterie board is to use foods you like! This cute turkey board can be created with many different ingredients for Thanksgiving gatherings!

Several other ideas include:
  • Sweet peppers sliced
  • Pretzel sticks or rods
  • Rolled Proscuitto
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Pepperoni
  • Apple slices
  • Berries for the smaller feathers
  • A pear for the turkey body
Overheard view of a Turkey Charcuterie Board on a round cheese board.

Charcuterie Board Must Haves

To create this fun turkey charcuterie board you will need a few key items.

  • Large round charcuterie board – This board is a 12″ board and is the perfect size for a family of 6. The size of your board will need to be bigger if you are serving Thanksgiving appetizers to a large group.
  • Vegetable peeler*
  • Cheese knife* or Paring knife
  • Chef’s knife*

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This Thanksgiving Turkey Cheese Board is so much fun for holiday gatherings! It’s a great option for serving a crowd of adults and children a seasonal charcuterie board.

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Turkey Charcuterie Board

Make a fun turkey charcuterie board and crudites to add a festive touch to the appetizer table this Thanksgiving!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Dips
Servings 10 people

Equipment

  • 1 round cheese board

Ingredients
  

  • 6 carrots peeled and cut into sticks
  • 1 cucumber cut into sticks
  • 4 stalks celery peeled and cut into sticks
  • 1 package rectangle Artisan crackers
  • 1 wedge cheese cut into triangles
  • 4 oz thinly sliced salami
  • 2 eye sprinkles

Instructions
 

  • Peel the carrots and cut them into 6" long sticks. Fan the carrots out on a round cheese board.
  • Cut the cucumber into 6" sticks. Then fan the cucumber out over the carrots.
  • Peel the celery and cut it into 6" long sticks. Then fan it out over the cucumber.
  • Lay down about 4 overlapping pieces of salami near the bottom of the board.
  • Fan out the artisan crackers over the celery. They need to overlap each other and the celery.
  • Fan out the cheese so it overlaps the crackers using the salami base as a guide. The cheese should also overlap the salami base.
  • Lay about 4 overlapping slices of salami over the salami base. It will also cover some of the cheese.
  • Lay another 4 overlapping slices at a slight angle to the right and left of the base. Both sides should slightly overlap the center and come together at the base.
  • Finish the body with a final set of 4 overlapping salami slices in the middle.
  • Add two sprinkle eyes and a small carrot triangle for the beak.
  • Serve with a dipping sauce or hummus for the vegetables.
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