Monday, November 8, 2010

Review and giveaway (closed): My Kikkoman Thanksgiving!


Congrats to my winner: debbie

My husband is Canadian and I'm American, so our Thanksgiving holidays are celebrated in different months.  We were actually traveling during Canadian Thanksgiving, and will be spending American Thanksgiving with my grandmother.  But we wanted to have a Thanksgiving meal at our home too (we needed turkey leftovers!), so when Kikkoman contacted me about trying out some of their new recipes, it was perfect timing. I also liked the idea of using some different ingredients in my recipes- I'd never considered using soy sauce or teriyaki sauce or panko bread crumbs in my Thanksgiving recipes, so it was a new and different idea for me.

This weekend (about halfway between American and Canadian Thanksgiving), we cooked up a turkey and side dishes. The preparation for our meal started on Saturday night, when we mixed up the easy Kikkoman Savory Turkey Brine using our Kikkoman soy sauce, put the turkey in the brining solution and popped the whole thing back in the fridge.  I'd read about brining turkeys before, but was too intimidated by the idea to ever try. I was pleasantly surprised by how easy the whole process was- just a few ingredients to mix up and add the turkey. Then the turkey sat in the solution overnight, before we removed it the next morning just prior to cooking.

The turkey turned out very moist and with a nice touch of flavor. Nothing too overwhelming, just a nice added flavor.  Since it had been in the brining solution overnight, I did nothing else to the turkey prior to cooking, other than putting a bit of olive oil on it. No extra seasoning or stuffing or anything. I love things that save me extra work!

Daniel carving, and eating, the turkey. He and I both ate so much while cutting it up that we were almost full before we sat down for dinner. It was too yummy to resist!

In addition to the Savory Turkey Brine recipe, I'd also received recipes for Glazed Yams, Panko Crusted Mashed Potato Cakes and Green Bean Casserole.  We ran out of time before getting to the green bean casserole, but did try out the mashed potato cakes and the glazed yams. And both were a huge success!

Daniel actually doesn't like potatoes. He'll occasionally eat a bite or two to humor me, but he didn't grow up eating potatoes and could happily go the rest of his life without them.  So I was shocked to hear him say to Vivian "take a bite, Vivian. You'll like this. I don't even like potatoes and I think this is delicious".  I about fell out of my chair.  Daniel liked the potato cakes so much that he ate several at dinner time, then went back to the fridge and got another one later in the evening. He said that the combination of the potatoes and onions and the crunchy panko breading was something he really liked.  I'm thrilled!

On my part, I secretly don't like yams very much. But I liked this glazed yam recipe, which is made with Kikkoman Teriyaki sauce. I ate a big helping at dinner, and will be making it again to take to my grandmother's house for our Thanksgiving meal there.  Not only was the recipe delicious, but it was easy to make.  A win-win situation.

The glazed yams

Dinner!
Vivian takes a bite of turkey. She ended up eating 5 or 6 huge pieces!
So, if you're looking for a great new recipe or two for your Thanksgiving dinner, definitely check out the recipes on the Kikkoman website. There you can find all of the recipes that I made (including the brining solution recipe), plus many more!  I'm not a great cook, but all the recipes that I tried out were simple and easy to follow- and the results were delicious! You can also find some great coupons at the Kikkoman website- including some buy one, get one free coupons.

I have some good news for you! Kikkoman has offered to send one of you two full-sized Kikkoman products! Giveaway open to US mailing addresses only, please. 

Mandatory entry (must be done for extra entries to count):
What's your favorite Kikkoman product? Or how do you like to use Kikkoman products in your recipes?

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Giveaway will close at 9 PM Pacific time on November 29, 2010.  I'll choose a winner with random.org and will email that person who will then have 48 hours to respond. Good luck!

Disclosure:  I received a box of Kikkoman products to help me make my turkey dinner and side dishes and a gift card to help pay for my turkey and other food items. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone. 

57 comments:

B. Wilson said...

I use Kikkoman soy sauce in nearly everything! I add it to nearly every sauce or salad. One of my favorite dressings is this:
-dash of soy sauce
-rice vinegar
-sesame oil
-salt & pepper
Whisk together and there's a Chinese chicken salad dressing ready to go!
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debbie said...

I use their products all the time. I have been using their reduced sodium soy sauce, because we needed to lower our salt intake. It tastes just as good as the regular.It is my favorite.
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I like to use Kikkoman to add flavor to my marinades and glazes.
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Katrina said...

we love to add it to almost all of our meat recipes....it just takes so good with chicken as a marinade or ever right in the pan!

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polly said...

i have used their teriyaki marinade sauce for years! chicken is the best to marinate in their sauce!
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Show Me Mama said...

I use it to make nasi goreng which is a indonesian fried rice and of cours bami as well which is fried noodle. I love to make wit chicken to make chop soy.
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Tracy R said...

Can I pick two favorite Kikkoman products? Please? It's hard for me to choose one because I always use Kikkoman Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce and then Kikkoman Teriyaki Baste and glaze to make teriyaki chicken. I miranade the chicken in the sauce and marinade, then I bake it in the oven until the chicken is done. At that time I take it out of the oven, and brush each piece with the Baste & Glaze, and bake for 5 more minutes. It's delicious everytime! This is our most popular dinner in our household. I make it about once a week. So delicious and easy!

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jakiesmom said...

i like the terriyaki marinade and sauce/great with chicken
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Jill said...

The only kikkoman product I've used is their soy sauce, it's a staple here.
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jan said...

We've used their teriyaki marinade sauce and their soy sauce for ages - and we go through a lot of it! sammiejanL40 at aol dot com

Kimbuckjr said...

MANDATORY ENTRY: My favorite Kikkoman product is the "Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce." Growing up, my mom ONLY used this marinade/sauce for the food that we ate, especially on the chicken she made for me and her. My mom was an outstanding cook, she cooked the best foods and of course...it helped a lot that she used Kikkoman products! Yum-Yum!
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MommyTrenches said...

My family loves the Kikkoman soy sauce! We use it in stir fry's!
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We use Kikkoman Soy Sauce in a delicious Sausage Casserole. We marinate mushrooms in it. Delicious!
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