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Old 09-14-2008, 08:41 PM   #1
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Tenderizing Substitute Escargot


I got inspired while walking through a local Vietnamese grocery store and bought some frozen snail meat. I sauted them in butter and garlic for about 15 minutes. Though the snails were pretty small, they were very tough.

I know that the French use a certain snail species, but they are crazy expensive to mail order. Does anybody know any secrets or have any suggestions for tenderizing the far less expensive Vietnamese snails?

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Old 09-14-2008, 08:46 PM   #2
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I think the problem was the 15 minutes. Snails are tiny little critters. A quick saute of a couple of minutes should be adequate.

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Old 09-14-2008, 10:27 PM   #3
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T'was the secret ingredient on ICA last week, Flay versus . . . . . I don't remember. Anyways, I do recall them not being heated very long to be considered cooked.

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i agree. they were probably kinda overcooked.
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Old 09-15-2008, 04:48 PM   #5
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Snails are very tender little critters, but like clams, they become tough and rubbery when cooked beyond 2 or 3 minutes. I don't cook my snails before stuffing them into the shell. I add the parsley/garlic/butter sauce then pop them under the broiler for a 2 mintues. That's it. Tender, and flavorful.
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