The cacciatore was cooked in a dutch oven on the stove, but this second one was a crock pot recipe. And while the list of ingredients was somewhat similar - or at least it seemed to be, given the tomato base - the result was different.
And this recipe included Emeril's Essence, so I had a chance to "poof!" that onto the chicken. Yes, I know Emeril says "Bam!" but that sort of thing scares the dog. "Poof!" is a little gentler.
Besides a difference in the cooking vessel, the initial cooking was also different. While the other recipe browned the chicken with just salt and pepper on it, this one had the Essence sprinkled on first, then it was lightly coated with flour, and then it was browned. So the two versions ended up with different skin textures. Sneaky, hmmm?
When I read the recipe, I wondered why the Essence wasn't mixed with the flour, rather than putting it on separately. But it makes sense. The Essence all sticks to the chicken, but there's a bit of flour that goes unused. If you wanted the same level of spiciness, you'd need to add a lot more Essence to the flour.
While the two dishes had some similarities - chicken in a tomato sauce - they really were very different dishes when they were done.
As much as I'd love to hand over the recipes for both dishes, we're only allowed to publish a limited number from the book. There will be a chance to win a book here soon, so check back for that. Or, if you're not feeling lucky, you can order one here.
For my part in this party, I've been given a copy of the cookbook, a jar of Emeril's Essence and some serving bowls made by Zak! I'll also have a book and serving bowls to give away (stay tuned for that). Bloggers who participate in this party and complete the 3-week assignment will receive some additional books by Emeril as well as a small cash reimbursement. One blogger will be chosen to receive a 6-quart Emeril-branded crockpot made by T-Fal.
For more information on Morrow's cooking blog, see The Secret Ingredient. Want to pre-order the book? Clicky-clicky right here.
Are you on Facebook? The Secret Ingredient and Emeril have pages there. Or if you prefer Twitter, you can find Morrow Books and Emeril there as well.