Adorable Appetizer For Thanksgiving – Great Balls Of Cheese!


Photography by Jason Wyche

Looking to have some fun with your food this Thanksgiving?  Well, look no further!

This has to be the most adorable appetizer we’ve seen this season.  The big bonus is that it serves a dozen guests delicious cheese and will help keep them happy till the turkey’s on the table!

Michelle Buffardi’s GREAT BALLS OF CHEESE will open your eyes to a world of cheesy possibility. Buffardi’s 50+ creations are perfect for no-fuss entertaining. We just had to share this one for Thanksgiving!

Herbed Turkey

Recipe re-published from Great Balls of Cheese by Michelle Buffardi/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/2013

Serves 12-15

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 6 ounces goat cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons herbes de Provence
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Coarse salt, to taste
  • 3/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted and chopped for coating
  • 1 dark raisin, 1 whole almond, small piece red bell pepper, dried papaya or orange bell pepper slices, and thin pretzel sticks, for decorating
  • Crackers and crudites, for serving
  1. Using a stand mixer or a bowl and a spatula, mix together the cream cheese, goat cheese, herbes de Provence, garlic, mustard, and salt. Form the mixture into a ball, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
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Dawn Sandomeno and Elizabeth Mascali

Dawn Sandomeno and Elizabeth Mascali, co-founders and owners of Party Bluprints Inc. and The Partybluprints Blog, a are lifestyle and entertaining experts. In October 2010, Dawn and Elizabeth published their first book, Plan to Party.  Their mission is to make home entertaining simple and special. Dawn and Elizabeth have been featured on NBCTODAY Show, Fox TV Good Day NY, Good Housekeeping, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine, Consumer Report’s Smart Shopper, Redbook Magazine, Woman’s World Magazine, Money Talks News, Denver Life, Martha Stewart Living Radio, Fox News Strategy Room, CBS NY2, and many more regional and local radio shows and newspapers. In addition, they have been featured on countless sites and blogs including,,, and’s “Insider’s Blog”.

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