Don’t let your fruit tray grow brown and sad at the back of the hors d’oeurves table this Thanksgiving–Skewer it into a feathery friend! Our fruit turkey is a fun way to get kids (and grown-ups ) interested. Put it out early while everyone is waiting for the real turkey to bake to perfection and it’ll be sure to get gobbled up!
Fruit Hack: We doubt your Fruit Turkey’s feathers will have time to brown, but here’s a little trick just in case he stays around awhile. Any fruit you cut, place immediately in a bowl of Calamansi Lime Juice. Let the pieces sit in their juice bath until you are ready to skewer (If you use Calamansi Puree, mix with water using a ration of 1-2 tablespoons of puree per 1 cup of water).
- 1 Pineapple (Body)
- 1 Anjou Pear (Face)
- Dried Papaya (Gobbler)
- Wooden Skewers
Fillers and Feathers:
- Assorted Grapes
*Try experimenting with other fruit for feathers and fillers such as:
- Mandarin Oranges
1. Create the Body: Cut pineapple in half lengthwise so that the entire stem is on one half. Carve out pieces by making angled incisions. Hollow out the other half and cut into pieces for the filler and feathers.
2. Create the Head: Cut Anjou Pear in half lengthwise. These two pieces will form the face and neck. Secure the two pear pieces on top of one another. Create a face using whatever fruit you like. We used grapes. Cut off the end of toothpicks to make them shorter, and secure to the head.
3. Create Fruit Feathers: Skewer fruit onto the wooden sticks. There is no wrong way to do this. Every Fruit Turkey is unique—Be creative (Start with the piece of fruit you want at the top of the feather to make sure the pokey side of the skewer is at the bottom)! Secure the feather by pressing the pokey side into the pineapple body.
4. Secure Pear Head to the front of the pineapple with toothpicks. Toothpick in a Gobbler under the Face (We used Dried Papaya).
5. Fill body with assorted fruit.
Look at those eyes– who can resist this guy?!