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The Great Escape, Escargot style
The Great Escape, Escargot style

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Challenge: Recipe (Food) III (Basic Editing)
Collection: Challenges Entered
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Date: Jul 10, 2008
Date Uploaded: Jul 10, 2008

1/2 cup salted butter, softened
1 teaspoon shallots, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
24 large snails
dry vermouth
1/2 teaspoon of the butter mixture (above)
French bread

12 to 24 large snails, canned, rinsed well, and drained. Its not necessary, but very nice to soak the snails in dry vermouth for about 15 minutes and then drain. Put about 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. of the butter mixture into the snail shells. Put a snail in each shell, with the soft, smaller, tapered end in first and the flat, calloused end facing out. (This is the way the snail faced the world. He fits well in the shell this way!) If you have extra snails you can put 2 in 1 shell. Add another 1/2 tsp. of the butter on top of the snails. Refrigerate if not ready to pop these into the oven -- up to half a day is OK if covered with plastic wrap.

Heat in 400 degree F oven for about 10 minutes. The butter should be completely melted and bubbly.

Serve with a chunk of French bread to soak up the extra butter. Easy and delicious! (Unused butter is terrific on fish or vegetables.) Enjoy!

Place: 63 out of 134
Avg (all users): 5.5484
Avg (commenters): 6.3077
Avg (participants): 5.3256
Avg (non-participants): 5.6154
Views since voting: 653
Views during voting: 309
Votes: 186
Comments: 14
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/22/2008 06:38:02 PM
I saw a recipe with snails in it in a cookbook I was looking through the other day...

Love the colors in this, but it seems a little bit oversharpened or something...there's a halo around the leftmost snail.
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07/22/2008 04:51:40 PM
As gross as the thought of that is... it makes for an amusing photo!
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07/21/2008 10:19:06 PM
This seems to be a bit out of focus. There's no real interest for me, I'm afraid.
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07/19/2008 05:13:24 AM
great idea. The forcus and exposure are excellent . The composition and colors could be a tad stronger though. 6
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07/18/2008 06:39:24 PM
Thats awesome... poor guy sees the knife, and knows what hes in for ;)

Hope you do well.
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07/17/2008 10:14:26 PM
Gross!!! But good photo!
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07/16/2008 12:51:53 PM
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07/16/2008 11:04:13 AM
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07/16/2008 10:44:03 AM
awww...poor widdle snail..
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07/16/2008 09:13:38 AM
Oh no! I like the colors in the shot. Nice display of garnishes. I like the subtleness of the knife.
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07/16/2008 02:52:39 AM
Picture was done very well. I however, could not eat that...I have eaten it before but not after seeing the snail like that.
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07/16/2008 02:48:51 AM
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07/16/2008 01:02:12 AM
I'm scoring this high principally because I wish I had done this!
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07/16/2008 12:09:51 AM
Escargot is great but I like mine prepared in a fashion that isn't quite so fresh, though I did eat a live one when I was six:-) 10
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