Brines, dry rubs, roasting, smoking, grilling and deep-frying… so many ways to prepare your holiday turkey! The California Poultry Federation and its members sponsored a Share Your Turkey! Photo Contest this past Thanksgiving. CPF Facebook friends shared their special whole turkey preparation of a California Grown Thanksgiving turkey. Entrants posted a photo and description of why this was a favorite method of preparation in 2012. Four winners were picked and awarded cash prizes and a fresh California Grown turkey to enjoy during the holidays.
“We are pleased with the different preparations of California grown turkey produced by our CPF member companies. California Grown birds are fresh, natural and taste better than any others,” said Bill Mattos, president of California Poultry Federation.
First place was awarded to Jamie of San Jose. Jamie prepared a traditional roasted turkey and presented it on a bed of leafy lettuces and whole fresh cranberries. Her first place prize was $200 and a Willie Bird Turkey. Second place went to Tiffany of Santa Clarita. Tiffany’s inspiration for her meal was a gluten-free Thanksgiving dinner. She plated the glazed fresh whole turkey breast on a bed of black rice pilaf with assorted vegetables. Tiffany received $150 and a credit for a Mary’s Free Range Turkey.
Alice, third place winner, surrounded her whole roasted turkey with sugared fruits for a festive look. Alice’s award was $100 and a gift certificate for a Foster Farms Turkey. The fourth place winner was a photo of sliced roasted turkey drizzled with an orange sauce and zest. Merry of Newhall won $50 and a gift certificate for a Foster Farms Turkey for her photo entry.
1ST Place – Jamie
2nd Place – Tiffany
3rd Place – Alice
4th Place – Merry