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Turkey Bread Bowl Appetizer
Showstopper Turkey Bread Bowl Appetizer with Creamy Spinach Ranch Dip
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Fun and festive. This turkey bread bowl appetizer will charm and delight. He's as delicious as he is cute and is super easy to assemble.

Course: Appetizer, Appetizer Dip
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Thanksgiving turkey appetizer, turkey bread bowl appetizer
Servings: 6 cups
Calories: 147 kcal
Renee - Kudos Kitchen: Renée
For the dip:
  • 2 8 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons diced pimentos
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 3 tablespoons minced scallions white and green parts
  • 1 bag (14-16 ounces) frozen cut leaf spinach thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 tablespoon prepared ground horseradish
  • 1 package dry ranch dressing and dip
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
For the turkey body;
  • 1 round rustic bread loaf. I used a boule
  • 2 whole cloves eyes
  • 1 small carrot triangle beak
Suggestions for feathers;
  • long carrot sticks peeled and sliced approximately 6"
  • long celery ribs cleaned and sliced approximately 6"
  • pretzel rods
  • breadsticks
  • red pepper slices
  • green onions not shown
  • asparagus not shown
  • string cheeses not shown
  • string beans not shown
To prepare the dip;
  1. Prepare the dip by blending all the ingredients in a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to assemble the turkey bread bowl.
To assemble the turkey;
  1. Use a serrated knife to remove the top from the round bread loaf. Do NOT discard the top.
  2. Hollow out the bread bowl by removing the soft bread interior and reserve those pieces for dippers, or another use altogether. Those bread pieces may be frozen if desired.

  3. Mound the chilled dip into the bread bowl and insert the prepared tail feathers, into the dip, remembering to put the largest ones in the back and work forward with the smaller feathers.
  4. Using a knife or scissors, fashion two wings, and one long neck and head out of the reserved top of the bread.
  5. Use toothpicks to attach the head and wings onto the bread bowl.
  6. Insert two cloves for eyes, and a small carrot triangle into the bread head.
  7. Trim the toothpicks with scissors (reminding guests to be careful).
  8. Place the turkey onto a platter and surround him with additional dippers of your choice: crackers, chips, veggies, breadsticks, pretzel rods, etc.
Recipe Notes

Tools and equipment;

serrated knife, toothpicks, chef's knife, cutting board, bowl, hand mixer, wooden spoon, scissors, serving platter

Nutrition Facts
Showstopper Turkey Bread Bowl Appetizer with Creamy Spinach Ranch Dip
Amount Per Serving (0.25 cup)
Calories 147 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 870mg38%
Potassium 37mg1%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Vitamin A 260IU5%
Vitamin C 7.8mg9%
Calcium 2mg0%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.