Crescent Turkey-Shaped Veggie Platter

Crescent Turkey-Shaped Veggie Platter
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Crescent Turkey-Shaped Veggie Platter
Pillsbury
Crescent Turkey-Shaped Veggie Platter

Charm your guests at Thanksgiving with this tasty turkey appetizer. Change up the veggies if you like! This recipe comes from Pillsbury.

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Notes

Try using hummus as an alternative to cream cheese.

You can bake the crescent rolls up to 4 hours ahead. Top the turkey with toppings up to 2 hours ahead; cover and refrigerate until serving.

Ingredients

  • 1 8-ounce can refrigerated crescent dinner rolls, such as Pillsbury™
  • 1 8-ounce container chive-and-onion cream cheese spread
  • 1 cucumber slice
  • ¾ Cup small cauliflower florets
  • ½ Cup spring mix salad greens
  • ½ Cup thinly sliced red and yellow bell peppers (1½ inches long)
  • 1 ripe olive, sliced

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Remove the dough from the can; do not unroll. Using a serrated knife, cut the roll into 20 slices.

Place the slices, cut-side down, on an ungreased cookie sheet to form the turkey as follows: Place 9 slices in a half-circle  shape. Place 5 slices below that (in a smaller half-circle), then another 3, then 1 in center for head of turkey. Place 2 slices to form feet of turkey, about 1 inch from head; squeeze the dough to elongate.

Bake until golden brown, 10 to 13 minutes. Cool 1 minute; carefully loosen with pancake turner, and slide onto cooling rack to cool. Place on serving platter. Spread the cream cheese over the turkey.

Top with a cucumber slice for the head, cauliflower florets for the body, the salad greens and sliced bell peppers for the feathers. Add the olive slices for the eyes, cut yellow pepper for the beak, and red pepper for the wattle. Cover and refrigerate until serving time. To serve, pull apart or cut into pieces.

Turkey Shopping Tip

Thanksgiving is not the only time to consume turkey. Now readily available year-round, be sure to take advantage of this chicken substitute.

Turkey Cooking Tip

For juicy meat, be sure to brine the turkey.