Usually I eat my snails full of garlic and chopped parsley as an entrée. This time I felt inspired to make it in a sauce completely off hand with a makeshift cream. All served with parboiled roasted potatoes and a Sauvignon Blanc.
1 big aubergine
A small bunch of flat parsley
1 medium red onion
5 garlic cloves
Enough baby potatoes for two
1 table spoon of plain flour
300ml of whole milk.
1 vegetable stock cube and salt
3 dozen of snails in brine
1 spring onion
Ground nut oil
Pinch of dry thyme
Start by peeling the potatoes, onions, garlic. Rise the snails, the spring onion set aside.
Cut the onion in quarters. Cut the aubergine in the same size, as the onions set aside. Crush the garlic with a crusher as it squeezed out all the flavour.
Put the potatoes in a pan with the cut spring onion and cover with salted water. Parboil them potatoes for 15 minutes. After the 15 minutes remove them and place them in a baking dish, drizzle 2 spoons of groundnut oil over then place in the oven for 20min at 175C to roast.
Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of groundnut oil in a sauce pan. Throw in the onions quarters, a pinch of thyme and the snails. Stir until the snails are crispy. Now add the aubergine, garlic, vegetable cube and 50ml of water. Cover and leave to simmer for 5 minutes. Add the flour to the milk and mix well until the flour is completely dissolved. Now add the melange to the sauce and mix well. Leave to simmer for another 5 minutes the time for the flour to cook through. If the sauce seem too heavy, add another 50ml of water. Now add in the chopped parsley mix well, adjust the seasoning and remove from the stove. The sauce is ready.
I served this sauce with a freshly cooked baguette (from part-baked), lightly roasted potatoes and a Sauvignon Blanc.
Note: This sauce doesn’t really need potatoes and could be served just with a freshly cooked baguette.
Instead of using the whole milk and flour, you can just use crème fraiche. But this version is less rich… and I didn’t have any cream handy.
You can buy snails from www.frenchclick.co.uk or maybe in Harrods food hall or even Selfridges.