Last week, I made my first edible art Turkey project for a party decoration. It is cute in it's own funny way and I wanted to share it with my readers. The best part of this project is that it was super easy and you can eat the fruit after it's been used as your table decoration. For this project, I used a melon, a Bosc pear, bell peppers, grapes, blueberries and Gala apples. I had also purchased strawberries to add to my turkey but the kids ate them before I had the chance to decorate with them. I had to use what was left over and this is what it looked like after I was done. There are many fruits and vegetables you can use to make your own edible art however my supply list and instructions on how to make it are below. This is just in time for Thanksgiving and won't take you away from all of the other cooking for too long.
You will need a few things to get started. Different size skewers and one mallet (hammer). I used toothpicks, apple skewers and the larger size kabob skewers as seen above. These can be found at your local market but I recommend going to the Dollar Store. The mallet makes it easier to hammer the toothpicks and skewers into the fruit that you are using. This is similar to non-carving fruit. Don't forget a cutting board to protect your countertop.
You can use any type of melon or cantaloupe to make the body. Find a large round fruit like a melon or cantaloupe that will sit firmly on the table without rolling around too much. The head can be a Bosc pear because of the color of the peel. The feet are orange bell peppers and feathers can be apples. Next, use the blueberries for the eyes. Remember that the large skewers will add weight to the fruit and tilt it just a little, so keep that in mind when build it.
First, start with the pear and blueberries. Apple size skewers are best to attach the blueberries to the pear and melon. The pear should be attached with the tail facing down to give it character and the appearance of the head and neck. It should be positioned towards the top half of the fruit. Once you know where you want the head (Bosc pear) to be secured then use the mallet to push it through gently without pushing the skewer all the way in. Make sure to use 2 or 3 skewers to ensure the head stays secure to the body. By now, you will see the head with the eyes and neck.
Work on putting fruit on skewers to make the tail feathers of the turkey. Use the long skewers for grapes, strawberries and blueberries are great for making these feathers. Play with the combination of bite size fruits on the skewers to make it your own creation. One suggestion I would like to share is skewer the grapes length wise, because you will use less fruit and cover more area. It is up to you which fruits or veggies you use for this part. Five skewers worked for me on a honeydew melon. Remember it gets top heavy and it starts to lose balance if you put too much weight, so choose your fruits or veggies carefully. Once you have skewered the fruit, use your mallet again and hammer them on the back of the body. I suggest use five fingers from the Bosc Pear to the skewered fruit. You will have to use your own judgment as fruit comes in different sizes.
Cut the beak, snood and feet out of a yellow and red bell pepper. Make a triangle out of a yellow bell pepper and secure it with toothpicks. The snood can be made from the red bell pepper. Cut it in the shape of a wobbly candy cane. The snood is the piece that hangs off the beak. (My picture doesn't show it, because it fell off at the party.) Once you have completed this step your are done! Congratulations you made your first edible turkey art. It is fun if you include your kids in the process or a friend. Try it and surprise your family with this fun food project.
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Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
Disclaimer: Personal blog all thoughts and ideas are all my own.