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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Baked Escargots

              Wao Baked Escargots, the last time I made it was a couple of months back and I remember when we learnt this more than ten years ago, a can of Escargots costs a mere $25.00 for 6 dozens and the Chef bought an extra can knowingly full when that a fewof us would surely buy it from him and we gladly bought it and shared it among 3 of us as we were always eager to quickly cook his recipe for our family and it didn't matter that we have not tasted his recipe, life is a gamble and sometimes in life we must be a little daring and my last purchase a year back I paid $35.00 for 2 dozens!!!

              Flambe pronounced as "Flaam Bay"  is pouring alcohol on food & igniting it to "burn" off  the alcohol thus imparting the flavour of the alcohol to the food and as the portion of the Escargots and Garlic are small, flambe it in a low pan. It is also very good when we flambe fruits for some desserts.


               24 pieces                   Escargots
             200 gm                         Butter
               80 gm                        Garlic, chopped finely
                 2                               small Onions, chopped finely
                  1 Tabsp                  Fresh English Parsley
                1/4 teasp                  Paprika
                                                  Dash of Salt
                                                  *Freshly Ground Black Pepper


                  Thaw butter for 15 minutes
                 Preheat oven at 190 degrees Centigrade for 15 minutes
  1. Drain the Escargots.
  2. Saute the Escargots in a small LOW pan with half the Garlic and small Onions for 2 minutes then flambe with Brandy i.e with one hand pour the Brandy to the Escargo mixture and Carefully & Quickly [as the Brandy evaporates very fast] with the other hand push the pan towards the fire and if done quickly and correctly,  it will "break" up in a short burst of fire/flames But be very careful in the process IF you have never attempted it before.  Use a LOW pan so that the flames can reach easily.
  3. Place the Escargots in the Shells if you can buy them otherwise place it in a small oven proof dish.
  4. Beat the butter with a K Beater till soft then add in the balance of the chopped Garlic, English Parsley, ground Black Pepper.  Check for taste adding salt if necessary.
  5. Cover the Escargots with the Garlic Butter Sauce & bake in the pre heated oven at 190 degrees Centigrade for about 8 - 10 minutes Or until the butter sauce sizzles. Eat hot.
                      Till my next post, xoxo, Ophelia


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