Escargot

by | Dec 30, 2016

I had always shunned eating anything that could be found crawling in my garden, until one day walking back from a visit to the Louvre, my husband and I stopped for a little lunch. I ordered French onion soup and he ordered escargot. I think I made him trade with me.

Buttery, garlicy escargot will delight and impress your guests, and is about as simple to prepare as toast.

The shells can be a bit of an investment, but the good news is that they are completely reusable. Just wash them in hot, soapy water and then boil them for a few minutes in a pot of water with a little white vinegar to remove any remaining oils. Allow to dry completely and store them in a closed container for your next French dinner.

Ingredients:  (serves 6)

  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) of butter, brought to room temperature
  • 8 cloves of garlic
  • 1 shallot
  • 3/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 T white wine or vermouth
  • 1 1/2 t salt
  • 36 escargot
  • Bread crumbs (optional)

Finely mince the garlic, shallot and parsley. Add the remaining ingredients (butter, wine and salt) and mash with a fork until thoroughly blended. Place the mixture in a zip-lock bag.

Drain and rinse the escargot, and allow them to thoroughly drain in a colander.

Assemble the escargot by cutting the corner from the zip-lock bag and piping in about a teaspoon of the butter mixture into shells. Insert an escargot into each shell, and top with a bit more butter. This can be done in advance, but bring to room temperature again before baking.

If desired, top with a sprinkling of bread crumbs. It gives a little extra flavor and texture.

When ready to serve, bake in a pre-heated 450 degree oven for about 15 minutes.

Serve with your favorite sliced baguette, fresh from the bakery.

 

Bonjour! Je suis Kelley

Bonjour! Je suis Kelley

Hi, I’m Kelley – thrower of parties, drinker of wine, and lover of all things French. I hope you enjoy my Lessons in Becoming French!

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