Giving Thanks for Umami: Recipes for Savory Foods at Thanksgiving

savory foods with umami

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Can you believe it? Reconnecting with and enjoying favorite foods, family and friends is the mainstay of this holiday.

Here at MSGdish, we’re mostly about the food and have blogged in the past about the Thanksgiving meal. Included in these blogs are ways to make family-favorite recipes even more delicious. In particular, we have written about traditional Thanksgiving recipes that fall into the savory foods category (i.e., not “sweet”) These foods are considered “savory” in part due to the glutamate content of the ingredients. To us and the culinary world, savory equals “umami.” Thus, it is natural to be writing about “umami” flavor. All of us at MSGdish just can’t help ourselves!

This Thanksgiving, if you are looking for simple ways to “boost the umami” in your Thanksgiving recipes, here are a handful of suggestions.

Savory Lip-Smackin’ Chicken Recipes: Perfect for Fall

Fried Chicken Recipes

Do you love chicken? I certainly do.

In fact, 2017 research shows that most of us are fans of chicken! If you purchase and prepare chicken regularly, you’re one of the 90 percent of consumers who choose chicken. It does not shock me at all that Americans will eat close to 92 pounds of chicken per person this year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Why does this “love” of chicken come as no surprise? It is economical, easy to prepare and lends itself to so many types of recipes. Chicken is also ooh-ooh good, probably because it is an abundant source of umami flavor.

From kid-favorite drumsticks to my favorite – the white meat of a moist chicken breast – chicken is indeed versatile, but there’s no need to get in a “recipe rut.” If you are in interested in trying some new chicken recipes this fall, check out these mouth-watering wing recipes to get you started.

Then, you can move on to these three recipes that are sure to delight and will make you and your family shout “Chicken is lip-smackin’ good.”

Time for Tailgate Parties: Savory Food, Sharing with Friends, Team Spirit

tailgate parties

Do you enjoy tailgate parties, where your friends and relatives get together prior to a sporting event to enjoy good food and good drink, along with some pre-game cheers? It used to be that these parties were only held before football games but that has changed dramatically. “Tailgate parties” have almost come to be expected before a variety of sporting events or prior to an outdoor concert or another form of entertainment.

To help get you started on your next party, here are several savory recipes your tailgaters should love. Each is bursting with that umami taste that never fails to satisfy the most discerning party-goer!

D.I.Y. MSG Taste Test

Chris Koetke MSG Taste Test

My interest in umami and MSG started in a rather unexpected way. Years ago, I was lecturing in my charcuterie class about various additives used in sausage and other meat preparations. I commented that we would not use MSG in class because it was not “good.” After class, a student from the Philippines asked me what was wrong with MSG. I don’t remember exactly what I said but it was along the lines of it being suspect, etc. She had a confused look on her face. This got me wondering if I really understood MSG.

For the Master Chef in You: Smoky and Savory BBQ Recipes

In a previous blog, I professed that there’s no other style of food quite like barbecue. “When a food gets grilled and smoked, something magical happens, and the resulting product has inspired widespread passionate devotion. And whether you’re a BBQ connoisseur or just an occasional rib-eater, there are some things you probably don’t know about this wonderful style of cooking.”