Fruit + Turkey = Fruiturkey

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope your day was filled with family, friends, laughter, and lots of delicious food, just like mine was. As my contribution to our Thanksgiving meal I was in charge of fruit for dessert, but in true Dana fashion, I had to try something new. A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a cute turkey made out of fruit on Pinterest, so I decided to give it a shot. Here is a picture of how my fruiturkey came out.

Fruiturkey

Since I didn’t have much else to do on this lazy Thanksgiving day, this little guy kept me pretty busy. Trying to feed the tiny kiwi slices onto skewers was not an easy feat nor was poking the skewers into the hard melon, but after many hours of washing, peeling, slicing, and building, my fruiturkey was finally complete. All the work definitely paid off, and I was surprisingly pleased with how well he came out.

He made for a great centerpiece and it was much more fun to eat fruit, plucking out one fruit feather at a time. While a fruiturkey might be a little difficult and time consuming, I definitely recommend mixing things up at holiday meals (or everyday meals). Serving foods like fruits and vegetables in a fun, new way can make people (especially kids) more excited to eat from these neglected food groups.

In the end, just like all the other turkeys today, my fruiturkey ended up in many happy and stuffed tummies. Happy Thanksgiving!

Want to make a fruiturkey at home? Here is what I used:
Kebabs: Blackberries, blueberries, red grapes, raspberries, strawberries, kiwi, green grapes, and pineapple
Body: Cantaloupe
Head: Pear with blueberry eyes and a strawberry slice for the snood (the red part on a turkey’s neck). I used tooth picks to hold the pear onto the cantaloupe.
Feet: Cantelope Slices

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