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|
|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.
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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.