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Garlicy, buttery snails stuffed inside escargot shells and baked until piping hot and bubbly.  Very romantic…

garlicy snails for two

GARLICY SNAILS FOR TWO

Garlicy Snails for Two is a fabulous way to start a romantic al fresco dinner.  Serve them with a crisp white wine and sop up the flavorful snail butter with some crusty French bread.

I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge fan of these little mollusks!  When we cruise, I have them for one of my appetizers almost every evening.  I can’t get enough of them.

 

GARLIC AND BUTTER ARE A SNAIL’S BEST FRIENDS

garlicy snails for two

And if you use roasted garlic cloves in the recipe like I do, O.M.G.!

If roasting whole heads of garlic isn’t something you’ve tried yet, I must recommend that you do so for this recipe.  It will be a game changer for your kitchen’s refrigerator pantry, I promise you.

I roast a few heads at a time while I have a roast or some chicken in the oven.  I store it right in the olive oil it’s cooked in, so I have a ready stash of garlic oil available too.

If you’re a little more ambitious, you can peel a few heads of garlic and make a batch of my fabulous garlic confit.  It’s made right on the stovetop, with almost no hands-on work.  

CLICK HERE TO GET THE RECIPES: 

Roasted Garlic

Garlic Confit and Garlic Oil

 

garlicy snails for two

SNAIL BUTTER IS THE SECRET TO GARLICY SNAILS FOR TWO

Although it’s traditionally called “snail butter”, it’s really versatile.  A savory butter like this can be used in a host of ways, here’s a few ideas for the leftovers, if you have any!

  • Slather some on a sliced roll and broil for a quick garlic bread
  • Try mixing it into your cooked vegies to liven them up
  • Use it to top a piece of baked or pan-fried fish
  • Quickly sauté toasted bread cubes in the mixture for buttery and crunchy croutons

 

You’ll find the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

 

garlicy snails for two

I created this recipe as the starter for a very Romantic Al Fresco Dinner For Two.  Let me tell you a little more about the menu and evening.

 

ROMANTIC AL FRESCO DINNER FOR TWO

romantic al fresco dinner for two

I don’t do “cookie cutter” parties.  So why would I want to plan a “cookie cutter” Romantic Al Fresco Dinner for Two?

The answer is, I wouldn’t!  I’ve read tons of articles touting 25 Ideas for a Romantic Evening.  50+ Great Ways to Be Romantic. Or even 100 Romantic Gifts to Give Your Hubby.  Whew, they make me tired just reading the titles!

I can’t help but think like a Lifestyle Diva.  When I plan a party, my creativity and personal touches are what makes them truly special.  And that’s exactly how I want you to approach your Romantic Al Fresco Dinner for Two.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE POST:  ROMANTIC AL FRESCO DINNER FOR TWO 

And here’s the rest of the menu:

CRISPY DUCK BREAST WITH BALSAMIC CHERRY SAUCE

MUSHROOM ISRAELI COUSCOUS PILAF

ROASTED STONE FRUITS AND ICE CREAM IN PUFF PASTRY

 

HERE’S SOME MORE ROMANTIC RECIPES!

white chocolate Dalmatian mousseWhite Chocolate Dalmatian Mousse

 

Salmon Dill Mousse

 

Mocha Hazelnut Specialty Coffee

 

Pink Panna Cotta with White Chocolate and Cherries + Valentine’s “Love Tokens” PDF

 

Chilled Mussels in Tangy Vinaigrette

 

Chocolate Dipped Glitter Hearts

 

 

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garlicy snails for two

Garlicy Snails for Two

Yield: 2 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes

Garlicy, buttery snails stuffed inside escargot shells and baked until piping hot and bubbly. Serve with a crisp white wine and sop up the flavorful snail butter with some crusty French bread.

Ingredients

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup fresh Italian parsley, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. white wine or cognac
  • Dash nutmeg
  • Crusty French Bread for dipping
  • Rock Salt for baking

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, blend the butter, parsley, shallot, garlic, pepper, salt, wine and nutmeg. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight to let the flavors meld.  Bring snail butter back to room temperature before using in recipe.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F.  Spread a 1/4-inch-thick layer of rock salt on a rimmed baking sheet.
  3. Place 1 teaspoon of the snail butter into each escargot shell.  Add one snail on top of butter inside shells. Fill all the shell with the remaining snail butter. Set the shells in the salt, pushing down to settle them on pan.
  4. Cook snails in preheated oven for approximately 9-11 minutes, or until the flavored butter is hot and bubbly. 
  5. Serve piping hot with crusty French bread.

Notes

Snail butter can be made up to 48 hours before preparing recipe, tightly covered and refrigerated.

Nutrition Information
Yield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 560Total Fat 47gSaturated Fat 29gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 15gCholesterol 121mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 5g

Calorie and nutritional counts will vary with amount of ingredients consumed.

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