#SeriousSandwich Explained, Red Velvet Whoopie Pies, & A Giveaway!

Cover of Emeril's Kicked-Up Sandwiches

Who doesn’t love a good sandwich? Simplicity at its best, a sandwich can be a quick snack to hold you over til the next meal or the whole meal itself neatly packaged in your hand. And now Emeril Lagasse is offering his best sandwich recipes for you to try at home.

I was recently chosen as one of 22 bloggers who will be cooking along with Emeril’s newest cookbook, Emeril’s Kicked-Up Sandwiches, in celebration of its release on October 16, 2012. Enter #SeriousSandwich, the Twitter hashtag call sign of the cookalong bloggers, so you can follow our progress. Each of us was given the task to prepare seven of the recipes from the book and share our experiences with you. We were also given three recipes that we can post, so you can literally get a taste of Emeril’s Kicked-Up Sandwiches for yourself. What fun!

When my advance copy of Emeril’s Kicked-Up Sandwiches arrived, I was pleasantly surprised by the breadth of content covered. I fully anticipated seeing something like the Fried Oyster Po’Boy with Jalapeno Mayonnaise and Avocado that is included in it.I did not expect, however, to be provided with instructions on how to make the Jalapeno Mayonnaise myself. Or, for that matter, Rustic Italian Bread and Semolina Pizza Dough. It should have been obvious–what’s a sandwich without a base and some accouterments?–but I just had no idea. When I reached the Sweet Sandwiches section, I knew I had found a new favorite. Emeril carries you through from main course to dessert, side dishes and all; this is a fantastic kitchen resource!

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Life is short: eat dessert first. Even though there are probably a dozen sticky notes pasted in my copy of Emeril’s Kicked-Up Sandwiches already, I couldn’t resist selecting a sweet sandwich and prepared Red Velvet Whoopie Pies first.

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

I’m not new to Whoopie Pies, but I’ve never made Red Velvet ones before. My base recipe also calls for shortening while Emeril’s thankfully does not. The less shortening I have to use in my life, the better. Emeril recommends using a pastry bag and tip for dispensing the batter, but I had a hard time giving up the oh-so-convenient cookie scoop and used that instead. It worked just fine, even if my whoopie pies are a bit rustic looking.

The filling is oozy–making this again, I’d probably add some more powdered sugar to stiffen it up a bit–and pairs well with the red velvet cake/cookies it’s sandwiched between. It’s easier if you can find a jar of marshmallow creme that’s the right size but if not, it’s not that terribly difficult to scoop out half of the bigger plastic container. Just make sure the cream cheese is softened before you start.

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

While I don’t have a recipe to share with you today, I do have a giveaway for you: your very own copy of Emeril’s Kicked-Up Sandwiches! That’s right! One lucky person will be chosen at random utilizing the WordPress plugin And The Winner Is to get the 100+ recipes I have in hand to enjoy in their own home.

To enter, here’s what you need to do: in the comments section, answer this question:

  • What is your favorite sandwich?

For extra entries: (leave a separate comment for each)

  • Follow @PoetInThePantry on Twitter and leave a comment here letting me know
  • Tweet my giveaway and leave a link to that tweet here in a comment:   Win @Emeril’s Kicked-Up Sandwiches Cookbook via @poetinthepantry bit.ly/SVWqQB #SeriousSandwich
  • Follow poet in the pantry on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know
  • Follow Emeril on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know
  • Follow Morrow Cookbooks on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know.

You have until 11:59PM Eastern Time on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 (my birthday!) to enter. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours of being notified, I will select another winner. Morrow Cookbooks, as the sponsor of this giveaway, will be shipping the prize directly to the winner. For more information on poet in the pantry giveaways, check here.

Entries for this contest have been closed. Thank you for your participation!

Winner of the Emeril cookbook giveaway

Congratulations to Cindy B., the winner! Enjoy your copy of Emeril’s Kicked-Up Sandwiches!

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

If you just can’t stand taking a chance and simply MUST get a hold of Emeril’s Kicked-Up Sandwiches for yourself, you can pre-order your copy here.

There will be some #SeriousSandwich making going on here through October 23, 2012–don’t forget to check back and see what will be on the plate!

Disclosure: The views and opinions expressed on this blog are mine alone, based upon my personal experience. Morrow Cookbooks provided me with a Cookalong Kit including an advance copy of Emeril’s Kicked-Up Sandwiches. In addition, upon completion of the #SeriousSandwich cookalong, all participants will receive a small grocery reimbursement and a complete library of Emeril Cookbooks.

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