How to Make a Fruit Kabob Turkey for Thanksgiving

Updated on November 25, 2019
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Learn how to make a beautiful fruit kabob turkey centerpiece!
Learn how to make a beautiful fruit kabob turkey centerpiece! | Source

Have your Thanksgiving centerpiece and eat it too!

An Edible Centerpiece for Thanksgiving

Make a clever rainbow fruit kabob turkey to wow your guests this year. This centerpiece also makes a great fresh fruit side, or a wonderful item to bring to your holiday office party. Give yourself and your guests a chance to get a healthy dose of fiber and disease-fighting antioxidants—and help fight off some of the inflammation you're sure to get from that pumpkin pie and egg nog.

Even kids that don’t really relish fruit will be begging for a “turkey feather”! Get them involved in making your edible centerpiece. It's a great way to spend quality time with them.

How It All Comes Together

  • Body: Easy-to-make, delicious chocolate fruit dip in a bowl
  • Feathers: fruit kabobs
  • Head: crunchy pear
  • Eyes: blueberries skewered into mini marshmallows with toothpicks
  • Beak: orange wedge
  • Snood: pointy ends of strawberries
  • Wattle: crispy red apple slice
  • Legs: carrot strips
  • Feet: orange wedges

He will be almost too cute to eat!

Step 1: Gather Ingredients and Materials

You'll need the following ingredients and materials:

  • assorted fruit (grapes, kiwi, strawberries, pineapple, cantaloupe)
  • wooden skewers
  • toothpicks
  • 1 pear
  • 2 blueberries
  • 2 mini marshmallows
  • 1 orange
  • carrot strips
  • 1 pear
  • endive (optional, for grass)
  • small glass bowl
  • chocolate dip (easy recipe below)

Step 2: Assemble the Feathers (Fruit Kabobs)

  1. Skewer 3 grapes and push to about 1 inch from the end.
  2. Add pineapple chunks, kiwi and strawberry slices, and cantaloupe chunks.
  3. Top with 3 grapes in a smaller size for the “feather tips.”

(10-12 skewers of fruit will make a turkey with a full spread of feathers.)

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Step 3: Assemble the Head

  1. Using toothpicks, attach the apple slice, orange slice, mini-marshmallows, blueberries, and strawberries to the pear to resemble the turkey's features.
  2. Attach the head to the middle skewer. This skewer will need less fruit.

Step 4: Make the Body (Chocolate Fruit Dip)

This easy recipe uses only three ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
  • 1 package softened cream cheese
  • 2 cups Cool Whip

Instructions

  1. Melt chocolate morsels.
  2. Mix with cream cheese and Cool Whip.

Alternatively, if you'd prefer not to make chocolate dip, you can any other dip you choose.

Step 5: Add the Legs, Feet, and Grass

  1. Use the carrot sticks for the turkey's legs.
  2. Add two more orange slices for the feet.
  3. Add some green endive grass.

Gobble, gobble!

5 stars from 3 ratings of Fruit Kabob Turkey

Turkey Fruit Kabobs Health Benefits

Grapes

  • Antioxidants, copper, iron, manganese, vitamins C and K, carotenes, B-complex.
  • May help protect against certain cancers, heart disease, and Alzheimer's.

Strawberries

  • Anthocyanins, ellagic acid, quercetin, vitamin C
  • May help promote a healthy brain, reduce forgetfulness, and protect against cancer and heart disease.

Cantaloupe

  • Folate, carotenoids,
  • Helps promote healthy growth and cell maintenance. May help prevent anemia.

Kiwi Fruit

  • Rich in vitamin C, potassium, prebiotics,
  • Helps muscle contract, prevents "charlie horse," helps the body fight germs and aids in the digestion of food.

Pineapple

  • Vitamins C and A, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, manganese
  • Helps promote strong bones and healthy gums. Fights off colds and flu, may help fight against eye disease when older.

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    • rebeccamealey profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca Mealey 

      8 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks, Citrangada. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

    • rebeccamealey profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca Mealey 

      8 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      That sounds good! Happy Thanksgiving!

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      8 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Aww, how sweet. I hope you had a good Canadian Thanksgiving, and I'm so happy you're joining us.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      8 months ago from New Delhi, India

      What a wonderful display of taste, colours and nutrition. Well presented fruits are always tempting to me. I like the dip too.

      Thanks for sharing your interesting idea. I would love to try it your way.

      Happy Thanksgiving.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      8 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is so cute and imaginative.

      We've already had our Thanksgiving but I have a small turkey in the freezer that I'm going to cook on your Thanksgiving.

      Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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      Lora Hollings 

      8 months ago

      Wow! What an awesome centerpiece for Thanksgiving and how healthful as well with all this wonderful fruit. I will only change one thing as I don't eat dairy products any more. And it is an easy modification to do. I will change the sour cream to a non-dairy version and use coconut whip cream. Thanks for sharing!

    • rebeccamealey profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca Mealey 

      8 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks, Denise. Happy Thanksgiving! Hard to believe it's here already.

    • rebeccamealey profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca Mealey 

      8 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Hi, Ruby. Thanks!

    • rebeccamealey profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca Mealey 

      8 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Hey, Pam. Thanks! happy T'Day!

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      Denise McGill 

      8 months ago from Fresno CA

      What a great idea for a table centerpiece.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I love your idea for a fruit kabob turkey. It looks delicious, and as you noted, it's healthy. Thank you for sharing this.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 months ago from Sunny Florida

      They look so wonderful! I think they would be a very nice thing to make for Thanksgiving.

    • rebeccamealey profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca Mealey 

      8 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Hey, there! Thanks, so much.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      8 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks, Linda. We can all use a healthy dose of fruit!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      8 months ago from USA

      Too cute! I love your idea here!

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      Linda Chechar 

      8 months ago from Arizona

      Rebecca, that's a wonderful fruit kabob turkey! I love all the fruit and of course the yummy chocolate dip. It is a healthy appetizer or a better low calorie dessert instead of pecan or pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving dinner!

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