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Old 03-12-2014, 09:57 PM   #1
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Baden Snail Soup - Badische Schneckensuppe

Our local European shop finally got in some good French snails. Although canned, they are the recommended ones from our friend Chef Uwe Werner, who gave me this recipe on his retirement. I grabbed two cans as they only seem to come in twice a year and go quickly.

It's a famous soup from Mrs D's neck of the woods.

75g butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
125g onion, finely chopped
1 leek, finely chopped (whites only)
2 doz escargot snails, cut in half
100g fresh mushrooms, chopped
1 bunch parsley, stems removed and finely chopped,
500ml chicken broth
250ml white wine
200ml heavy cream
200ml heavy cream, whipped slightly
Juice of 1 lemon
2 egg yolks, beaten
30ml brandy
Pinch of nutmeg (optional)
Salt & pepper to taste

Melt butter in a soup pot.
Add garlic, onion, leek, mushrooms and snails. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.
Add chicken broth, bring to the boil, reduce heat and allow to simmer for another 5 minutes.
Add white wine, 200ml cream and brandy and allow to simmer for another 3 or 4 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper and the lemon juice.
Mix 200ml whipped cream and egg yolks together. Very slowly, drizzle in about 100ml of the soup to the whipped cream/egg yolk mixture whisking rapidly. Add to soup along with the chopped parsley and the nutmeg and stir to combine. Stir at a very low simmer until the soup thickens. Do not boil.
Serve immediately.


An optional way to serve is to ladle the soup into oven proof bowls, and sprinkle grated Gruyere cheese and brown lightly under a broiler.

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Sounds tasty.
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Old 03-12-2014, 10:50 PM   #3
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Sounds good, RJ! I have a can of snails I'd been wondering what to do with, thanks!
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Sounds good, RJ! I have a can of snails I'd been wondering what to do with, thanks!
Go fishing?
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Go fishing?
I take it you are not fond of snails....
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I take it you are not fond of snails....
I enjoyed them when I had them many years ago...now I am not so sure.
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I suppose you could leave out the snails and double up on the mushrooms.
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Never had snails, but I am up for anything new. I would try it, in a second.
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Never had snails, but I am up for anything new. I would try it, in a second.
Snails are very good, like a really chewy mushroom, with a mild flavor. Great with garlic butter too.
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I did not always keep kosher and in that life I've tasted many disgusting things, BUt snails are just too much even for my imagination, brrrr
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