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post #1 of 11
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I recently made chicken stuffed with ham and cheese. The recipe instructions stated that you dip the chicken (with the ham and cheese) first in egg wash, then flour then breadcrumbs. It worked ok but I have other recipes that tell you to dip in the flour first then the egg and then the breadcumbs. Which way is better and is the result different? Does it matter? I surely would appreciate any help.
post #2 of 11
The second way is considered better inasmuch as the breading is less likely to fall off during or after cooking.
The flour sticks to the moist chicken, the egg stick to the dry flour, then the breading sticks to the egg.
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post #3 of 11
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I thought that might be the case; it makes more sense. I made the dish for my daughter who now wants to learn to cook at 28. I try to follow the recipe when I make something new and had nowhere to go to ask the question (the reason I joined Cheftalk) in fact. Thank you for your reply...I will switch to your way next time. I wasn't sure if order made the difference.
post #4 of 11
I'm trying to envision that, and can't see how the breadcrumbs would stick at all.

Sometimes there are instructions given for a double dip; that is, flour, egg, breadcrumbs, egg, breadcrumbs. I wonder if they meant to have something like that, i.e., egg, flour, egg, breadcrumbs. But I don't know what the purpose would be.

Or maybe it was just a typo. Where did the recipe come from?
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post #5 of 11
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The recipe is Emeril's Delmonico Cookbook for . I have several of his cookbooks; they are very user friendly for the average at-home cook so I was puzzled by the instruction sequence. However, it works but not just as well as the flour, egg, breadcrumb sequence. I substituted Panco breadcrumbs and pressed the pounded cutlet into the crumbs after layering the ham and cheese and folding the cutlet.
post #6 of 11
Flour first is usual rule of thumb. However if flour and egg are combined(batter style) , then dip, then crumbs will also work. I have tried both. I found the batter type better for some items.
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post #7 of 11
Completely agree with you. Flour should always go first
post #8 of 11
The recipe is Emeril's Delmonico Cookbook

I've seen Emeril do a lot of frying, and read several of his books. Not once has he ever reversed the order that I'm aware of. So I'm convinced it was a typo in that particular cookbook.

But, hey, if it worked for you, that's all that counts.
They have taken the oath of the brother in blood, in leavened bread and salt. Rudyard Kipling
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post #9 of 11
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The "ei's" have it. Just kidding It must be a typo then ...but step 6 for Chicken Anthony (Emeril's Delmonico) reads as follows: "6. Dredge each filled chicken breast in the beaten egg mixture, then in the flour and then in the bread crumbs, shaking to remove any excess breading." It was difficult to make the crumbs stick but hey..I can follow directions and figured that I would ask later. As I said, Emerils books are really home cook friendly and I have had more successes than failures from many of his recipes but I really wanted to know if it made a difference so went out looking for a place just like this and here I am...must have been kismet!

Thank you all for your very kind help! Although I have lots of questions like this about the why's, I did find the Threads below on Breading and will search in the future as I learn more about the site and how things are done rather than rehashing old subjects. Again, thanks for all your input and assistance!!!!!!
post #10 of 11
Definite misprint in the recipe. Can't see it working that way.

Double egging and crumbing as KYH mentioned gives a really lovely ,crunchy thick crust.
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post #11 of 11
Hmm, onion rings.
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