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Keep-the-Kids-Busy Fun Fruit Turkeys

Fruit Turkeys

Amanda Haas for Pottery Barn Kids


These “turkeys” made of fruit are a healthy way to engage the kids on Thanksgiving Day. You can use any type of pears that you like, but I look for two types at least in order to vary the colors of the turkey’s “feathers.” If the turkeys are not served immediately, rub the cut side of each pear with a lemon juice in order to keep their color.

Keep-the-Kids-Busy Fun Fruit Turkeys


  1. 6-8 assorted pears such as Bosc, Anjou, and yellow Bartlett
    6 seedless Mandarin oranges or Clementines
    For the faces and legs:
    raisins or currants
    1 red apple
    shelled peanuts and/or shelled cashews


Slice 3 pears in half lengthwise from the stem to the base. Using a small paring knife or melon baller, scoop out the core of each pear. (An adult should remove the cores.) Place each pear half on its own plate. Thinly slice the other pears to create the feathers. Segment the oranges. To assemble each turkey, tuck an assortment of the pear slices under the pear halves in a fan-shaped pattern to resemble a turkey’s feathers. Place 6 mandarin orange segments on top of the pear slices to create another layer of “feathers.”

Use 4 pieces of nuts to create the legs and feet of the turkey, then decorate the face with the raisins, sliced apple, and nuts. Serve immediately.

Amanda Haas is a cookbook author, cooking video host, and the founder of One Family One Meal, a website that helps families menu plan, grocery shop, and cook on a budget. Her cookbook, Real Family Food, features delicious family-friendly recipes, as well as simple tips for bringing your family together around the table and a strategy for meal planning, budgeting, and shopping.

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