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Why We Should All Eat Snails

We’ve been inspired by this week’s episode of The Apprentice to share the virtues of this French delicacy.

If, like me, you’re an adventurous eater, then you’ve probably tried snails before. A unique experience and one that I thought was far better than expected. If you’re a little more conservative when it comes to food, then you probably haven’t tried a snail… And to be honest, I can’t blame you, as they don’t look the most appealing.

But, as the saying goes ‘it’s what’s on the inside that counts’ and they really do taste good, so I’ve made it my mission to get more people on the snail bandwagon.

Snails, or ‘Escargots’ as you may know them in French, make for a really delicious dish. Their texture is similar to that of a mussel, they are easy to prepare and are packed full of the good stuff.

Snails are becoming more & more popular on restaurant menus across the UK, with chain eatery Café Rouge even getting in on the action (with a snail sommelier to advise them too!).

A really fun restaurant in London to eat snails is Brasserie Zedel in Soho, an art deco French restaurant located deep beneath Piccadilly Circus. There are perhaps better places in London to eat French food, but the atmosphere is amazing, with a live band on some nights too. If, after all this, we haven’t persuaded you to try snails, then it’s equally as good a place to visit for a cocktail and to watch your friends try them instead.

Snails are also really good for you, packed full of protein, iron & vitamin B12. In fact, snails have more protein than a lot of fish!

When googling the health benefits of snails, we even stumbled across this article, which suggests that snails were used by Romans to get rid of hangovers (by rubbing them on your forehead, not eating them though!), so they really do have plenty of uses.

The classic way to serve snails is with garlic butter (Escargot a la Bourguignonne!) like in this recipe, or you can try this unusual recipe for Snail Cocotte. You can buy snails in-store, so let us know how you get on with either of these recipes, or your own… I won’t be offended if this hasn’t changed your mind!

 

 

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