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. And there is no better time than on May 24, Escargot Day. It is the perfect day to 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. Now, to say that escargot taste just like chicken would be a stretch because on its own, the mollusk is not very flavorful.
When sampling escargot, the garlic-butter flavor dominates your taste buds. The texture of snails is not dissimilar to that of mushrooms. They may be served in snail shells, but are also presented in deviled egg trays.
Celebrate Escargot Day by hosting adventurous friends and serving up a French bistro-styled dinner. Begin with escargots, of course, and serve lots of crusty baguettes to soak up every buttery drop. Follow with beef Bourguignon or coq au vin.
If you prefer a less ambitious entrée, consider steak frites. 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!