National Escargot Day, celebrated annually on May 24, honours the culinary delicacy of escargot, or cooked snails. This day encourages food enthusiasts to indulge in this gourmet treat, particularly popular in French cuisine. Cooking escargot is a delicate process that brings out the tender and flavourful nature of the snails. To prepare escargot, clean and purge the snails to remove any impurities. Once cleaned, simmer the snails in a broth of white wine, shallots, garlic, and herbs for about an hour until they become tender. After simmering, remove the snails and let them cool. For the classic French preparation, stuff each snail shell with a mixture of softened butter, minced garlic, chopped parsley, and a pinch of salt. Place the stuffed shells in an ovenproof dish and bake in a preheated oven at 375°F (190°C) for 10-12 minutes or until the butter is bubbling and golden. Serve immediately with crusty bread to soak up the delicious garlic butter. As you observe National Escargot Day 2024, we at LatestLY have curated a list of 3 dishes you can prepare. Andaman and Nicobar Islands Cuisine: From Squid Fry to Grilled Lobster, Famous Dishes From This Tropical Paradise Is Every Seafood Lover's Dream.

Escargots à la Bourguignonne

Escargots à la Bourguignonne is a classic French dish where snails are baked in their shells with a rich garlic-herb butter. To prepare, stuff each shell with a mixture of softened butter, finely minced garlic, chopped parsley, and a touch of shallot. Place the stuffed shells in a special escargot dish or an ovenproof dish, and bake at 375°F (190°C) for 10-12 minutes until the butter is bubbly and fragrant. Serve hot with crusty bread to soak up the flavourful butter.

Escargots à la Bourguignonne (Photo Credits: Wikimedia Commons)

Escargot Vol-au-Vent

Escargot Vol-au-Vent combines the delicate texture of escargots with the flaky richness of puff pastry. Start by preparing vol-au-vent shells from puff pastry or use pre-made ones. In a skillet, sauté the escargots in butter with garlic, shallots, and a splash of white wine. Once the liquid has reduced, stir in a bit of cream and chopped parsley. Spoon the creamy escargot mixture into the vol-au-vent shells and bake in a preheated oven at 375°F (190°C) for about 10 minutes, until the pastry is golden and crisp. Serve as an elegant appetizer or light entrée.


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Escargot Pasta

Escargot Pasta is a sophisticated dish that pairs tender snails with pasta in a creamy sauce. Cook your preferred pasta according to package instructions. In a skillet, sauté escargots with minced garlic, shallots, and butter until fragrant. Deglaze the pan with a splash of white wine, then add heavy cream and simmer until the sauce thickens. Toss the cooked pasta in the creamy escargot sauce, and finish with a sprinkle of fresh herbs like parsley or chives and grated Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately for a luxurious and comforting meal.

Escargot Pasta (Photo Credits: Wikimedia Commons)

These escargot dishes showcase the versatility and elegance of this gourmet ingredient, offering a range of flavours and textures that highlight its unique qualities. Whether you're indulging in the traditional richness of Escargots à la Bourguignonne, the refined presentation of Escargot Vol-au-Vent, or the creamy comfort of Escargot Pasta, each dish provides a delightful culinary experience.

Wishing everyone National Escargot Day 2024!

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