When it comes to preparing a Thanksgiving meal, we all have a few staples that we never forget.

The turkey, naturally, is always going to be a part of the menu, but most of us also have a few go-to dishes that we never forget, from the green bean casserole recipe handed down from grandma, to more unconventional recent additions!

And, even if you don’t really change up your Thanksgiving offerings very often, there’s usually at least a little bit of wiggle room in the “appetizer” portion of the holiday.

If you’re having a whole heap of people over, you probably serve veggies and dip or cheese and crackers for people to munch on while you’re putting the finishing touches on the main meal.

But this year, let your appetizer get in on the fun with a whimsical and festive take on the classic cheese and crackers combo!

Instead of boring old sliced cheese, make it Thanksgiving extravaganza with our scrumptious Cheese Ball Turkey!

Janine Ngai for LittleThings

Remove your chilled cheese ball from the fridge and remove the cling wrap.

Gently roll the cheese into a dish of chopped nuts until it’s totally covered in bits of nut.

If you want, you can designate one side to be the bottom of the turkey and leave that free of nuts.

Janine Ngai for LittleThings

Now, plate your cheese ball, preferably on the dish you plan to serve it on.

Take pretzel sticks and begin to stick them into the cheese at the back.

Place pretzel sticks in an arc over the cheese ball to create the illusion of the turkey’s tail.

Now, pop the whole plate back in the freezer to chill while you work on the next steps.

Janine Ngai for LittleThings

Use chocolate frosting to stick a round chocolate candy to a small stick of jerky.

We used a malt ball and stuck it into place just using frosting, but you could also use a solid piece of chocolate and melt it slightly to “glue” it to the jerky.

Let your frosting harden into place.