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For The Love Of Snails!

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Well Happy Monday to all!

 

I eat a fair amount of snails, I do suppose, albeit not all gunked up with cream and butter and bread crumbs.

 

Instead, I simply transport them right from a can, and onto pasta, or tossed lightly with herbs, shallots, and oil; or whatever it be.

 

This simple and healthful “quickie” staple is thus part of my weekly rotation and today’s menu therefore is right here:

 

Using just the following ingredients, as seen above: One spaghetti squash, 2 cans Roland’s brand giant snails, grapeseed oil, olive oil, smoked paprika, black lava sea salt, and chopped fresh chives; I began whipping up my meal…

 

Cutting the spaghetti squash in half, scooping out the seeds, and coating it lightly in grapeseed oil…

 

I then put those squash halves “pulp down” onto my grill grate atop my little charcoal grill, and for about 35 minutes with a hot fire.

 

Meanwhile, I drained the 2 cans of giant snails, rinsed them, tossed those lightly through grapeseed oil too, and transferred them to a little perforated metal dish…

 

 

and while the grilled squash cooled, (this grilled method lends to a golden, nutty, LOVELY version of spaghetti squash), 

 

 

Allowing me to scrape out the "spaghetti and scrape some of the wonderful "perfect toasty char" or crispy top pieces into the mix too...

 

I meanwhile put that dish of snails onto my mini gas smoker, with some hickory chips, on high heat, for just 5-7 minutes.

 

(The snails come in the can already cooked, and thus I just smoked them this quickie way, to get aroma, to warm them, and to add a hint of flavor to their already marvelous and musky sultriness, without shrinking and shriveling them down)!

 

 

The snails were sensational, warm, smoky, soft, and not tough at all - really falling apart upon one bite!

 

And then assembling the luscious mollusks onto that grilled vegetable, and adding the chives, some wonderful olive oil, the smoked paprika, and a bit of the stunning black lava sea salt too, the meal was complete!

 

 

And it was WON-DER-FUL!!!

Here are some super quickie shots (from other random days) of my fun “go to” junk food, or my “whip up a super quickie escargot plate of something” typical Tuesdays, or whatever it be. Enjoy!

 

Cheers and warm wishes, Leah

 

 

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post #2 of 6
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Happy Thursday to all!

 

While today's quickie snails were not smoked (although I do love them smoked) I felt I'd tuck them into this past thread of mine nonetheless, as they were so very delicious, simple, healthful and beautiful!!!!!!!!!

 

Just wheat-free angel hair pasta, raw elephant garlic, cooked spinach, chopped red pepper, red Hawaiian sea salt and olive oil, but WOW, were they just lovely!

 

Happy all!!!!!!!

 

Cheers! - Leah

 

 

 

 

 

post #3 of 6
I love snails! We have some local here but the restaurants get most of them. I ate them in France but way down south where they do them in a sauce like a bolongnaise . I saw those big seafood platters in France that had all sorts of sea creatures on them including lots of things in shells that looked like sea snails.
Where are yours coming from?
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I can say I've never tried them, but your Qviews make them look great!  May have to add that to my list!

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Thank you Mick!!! (And Denappy)!!!

 

I do love snails!!!!!

 

First off, on Mick's question about location; I have indeed had snails here that hailed from France, but that's nearly 100% farmed, and extra dousing in hot water on their parts (more on that another time) and the guys are often fed dill; which, for the record is "one" of my favorite fresh herbs (chives being my very favorite) and yet I'm not sure that such a force fed spice-farmed-system a magical mollusk does make.

 

Conversely, I have found the best flavor from wild snails coming in from Indonesia, and now even buy the "Roland" brand can of such (sold at Walmart no less, who knew, right) and LOVE the texture and flavor, far more than the French versions available here.

 

But yes, here is to more snails for any who wish for such, as they're so low cal (you could eat 100 of them thus) and so sexy (I think anyway, as a food) and they have tons of other healthy B12 and protein elements, that it's just an easy add on to pasta or anything else - chili even!

 

OK, such is my diatribe on snails!!! Smiles. T'is good food!

 

Happy all!!!!!!

 

Cheers! - Leah

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Oh, and here is a video from last fall, with some fun "escargot-esque" energy! Enjoy! Cheers! - Leah

 

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