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4 Turkey-Shaped Foods That Will Make Your Thanksgiving

Only Martha! Who else would use a turkey-shaped mold in four genius ways -- for butter, cornbread, cranberry sauce, and even an edible Thanksgiving table decoration.

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Photography by: Bryan Gardner

1. Molded Butter

"For the Thanksgiving meal, I like to repurpose one of my antique chocolate molds to form butter into a large turkey shape," says Martha. "It adds a touch of whimsy to the holiday table."

 

Here's how to make it: Using a small offset spatula, fill the mold with room-temperature butter, then smooth the surface. Refrigerate overnight. To remove, open one side of your mold and set it on the counter, butter-side up; then slide a spatula into the center bottom and lift up. If the butter sticks, run the mold very quickly under lukewarm water, being careful not to melt the design.

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2. Cornbread "Turkeys"

Fresh corn kernels and cornmeal give these turkey-shaped cornbread loaves a wonderfully toothsome texture, while jalapenos, buttermilk, and cheddar add tons of flavor. Take it to the next level by serving with a side of turkey-shaped butter.

 

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3. Cranberry-Pomegranate Gelatin

Pomegranate juice, fresh cranberries, and three different kinds of citrus -- clementines, orange juice, and lemon peel -- give this festive jelly its vibrant color and bright flavor.

 

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4. Brown-Sugar Turkeys

Although they're technically edible, we'd skip nibbling on these 8-inch-tall beauties and just use the birds to decorate your dessert buffet table.

 

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