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Appetizers Recipes

Turkey Cheese Ball Appetizers

Festive and flavorful, these bite-sized mango chutney cheese balls are almost too adorable to gobble up.

Serving Size:


Active Time:

1½ hrs

Total Time:

1½ hrs. + chilling time 


  • ⅓  cup chive & onion cream cheese spread
  • ⅓ cup + ¾  cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, about 5 oz.
  • 1 scallion, finely chopped
  • 3 Tbs. mango chutney
  • 2 baby carrots, halved lengthwise
  • 3 canned pitted black olives, halved lengthwise
  • 6 slices extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 2 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 2 large apples, preferably Gala
  • 12 slices pumpernickel cocktail bread
  • 12 large parsley leaves


  1. Make cheese balls: Mix cream cheese spread, ⅓ cup Jack cheese, scallion and 1 Tbs. chutney. Evenly divide mixture into 12 portions (about 2 tsp. per); roll into balls. Chop ¾ cup Jack cheese. Roll each cheese ball in chopped cheese; flatten slightly. For beaks, cut tiny triangles from carrots. For eyes, cut pieces from olives; place on cheese balls. Cover lightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm.
  2. Make cheese flowers: Meanwhile, using 2⅛” flower-shaped cookie cutter, cut out 2 flowers from each slice Cheddar cheese; place on plate or baking sheet. Cover; refrigerate.
  3. Assemble: Just before serving, in small bowl, combine lemon juice with ¼ cup water. Cut thin slices lengthwise from apples and core. Using 2¼” flower-shaped cutter, cut 12 flowers and dip into lemon-water. Remove; pat dry with paper towels. From apple peel, cut out wattles; attach to cheese balls. Spread about ½ tsp. of remaining mango chutney over each bread slice. Top with apple flower, Cheddar flower, parsley leaf and turkey cheese ball.

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