This Fruit Turkey Fondue doubles as a beautiful centerpiece and a delicious and healthy dessert for your Thanksgiving Day feast!
November has arrived and the holiday season is rapidly approaching! The holidays are my favorite time of year for 2 reasons- time with family and friends and lots of great food, of course!
I love to start off Thanksgiving Day by watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. A few years back (well maybe more than a few:)), I convinced my sister to accompany me into NYC to watch the famous parade in person. I was so excited to finally see the big balloons in person. They towered over the city blocks, and casted shadows on the parade goers below. As the wind gusted, the balloon wrestlers on the ground would scamper around trying to keep these unruly balloons in some form of control. The wind was so strong I was waiting for one of them to be swept off the ground and fly threw the air at the mercy of the oversized Snoopy!
We stood a few rows back from the street peering up at the gigantic balloon characters jumping up and down and rubbing our hands together in an attempt not to freeze to death. We lasted about 45 minutes, until our extremities were blue and numb and then we threw in the towel. Yep- we left-it was just too darn cold! It’s actually more enjoyable on tv, trust me! As we drove home, mouths’ salivating, we thought about the warmth and delicious smells that were happening in the kitchen. At least we had burned a few extra calories suffering in the arctic freeze;) We made it home in time to watch the end of the parade on tv, and the final float was the Thanksgiving Turkey. In honor of that colorful turkey, I made my own this year- and it’s made from delicious, sweet and juicy fruit! Combined with a chocolate fondue for dipping, this turkey will be the center of attention at your T-Day table!
FRUIT TURKEY with CHOCOLATE FONDUE
A fruit turkey with chocolate fondue.
- 1 cantaloupe
- 1 pear
- 6 baby carrots
- wood skewers
- Sliced assorted fruits such as strawberries (kiwi, bananas and pineapple)
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- Slice off the bottom of the cantaloupe and scoop out the flesh. You can use a melon baller to make cantaloupe rounds to use on the “feather” skewers.
- Trim there carrots so they resemble turkey feet and place a skewer to hold them together, and cut off the excess skewer.
- Repeat for the second foot.
- Trim strawberries for the head details.
- Use the skewers to attach the pear to the cantaloupe to make a head, and the carrot feet to the body.
- Place your sliced fruit onto the skewers and place them on the rump as feathers.
- Use two banana slices and two chocolate chips to make the eyes and attach with a small skewer segment.
- Melt 1 cup of chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons in the microwave (stir occasionally) to make the fondue.