Prepare to indulge in the flavors of molten butter laced with garlic and a kiss of parsley. There’s just one catch. You have to eat a snail. There is no better time than on May 24, Escargot Day. Join other gastronomic Francophiles and introduce your palate to the humble gastropod.
Escargot is especially popular on French menus. Traditionally cooked in butter with garlic and parsley, it is also cooked in wine. To say that escargot taste just like chicken would be a stretch. On its own, the mollusk is not very flavorful.
When sampling escargot, the garlic-butter flavor dominates your taste buds. The texture of a snail is not dissimilar to that of a mushroom. Escargots may be served in snail shells, but are also presented in serving trays designed for deviled eggs.
Celebrate Escargot Day by hosting adventurous friends and serving up a French bistro-styled dinner. Begin with escargots, of course, and be sure to serve plenty of crusty baguettes to soak up every buttery drop of snail-juice goodness. Follow with beef Bourguignon or coq au vin.
If you prefer a less ambitious entrée, consider steak frites, which is steak served with French fries. Keep the red wine flowing, and follow up with a board of artisan cheeses such as Roquefort, Délice de Bourgogne and Comté. Seal the dinner deal with French pastries, such as Napoleons.
For the not so adventurous, you may need to start pouring the wine earlier. Once their squeamish inhibitions have been thrown to the wind, get those smartphone cameras rolling. Bon appétit!