Snails, Portuguese Style Recipe

Step 1

Try to obtain snails about 1/2" diameter. Starve them for 3 or 4 days to get rid of any toxic herbs they may have ingested. Wash snails in running water till all the slime is gone. Place them in a large pan and cover with water (2" or 3" above snails).

Step 2

Add all the other ingredients. Cover the pan tightly. Heat the water over a very slow fire so that snails have time to extend heads outside shells.

Step 3

Let boil slowly for the first hour. Skim and simmer for another hour,

Step 4

Skim again and serve warm in saucers, with a little of the cooking liquid.

Step 5

Use toothpicks or pins to extract snails from shell. Dip small pieces of bread in the cooking liquid. Refrigerates well - use any leftovers within a week. Suggested wines: Portuguese Vinho Verde, or a dry white wine.

Step 6


Things You'll Need

  • 2lb Small snails
  • 1tb Olive oil
  • 1sm Bunch dry oregano
  • 1 Laurel leaf
  • 1 Garlic clove, minced
  • 1sm Onion, peeled, quartered
  • Sal & pepper
  • Piri-piri peppers

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