Monday, 28 October 2013

Peppered snails

Snail meat a.k.a Congo meat as it's popularly known in Nigeria is a popular delicacy most people enjoy. Once cleaned & prepared, it can be added to Soups, Stews or even sauces. Another good way to enjoy this delicacy is by simmering the snails in peppered sauce and eating alone as an appetizer. Peppered snails would definitely get you taste buds watered.  When cooking snails, it’s best not to overcook it so it doesn't get too soft thereby losing that crunchy feel which is the best part. The average snail contains 80% water, 15% protein and 2.4% fat. It also contains essential fatty acids, calcium, iron, selenium; and magnesium. It’s also rich in many essential vitamins such as Vitamins A, E, K and B12 just mention a few. Snail meat can be used as an alternative to Beef and chicken.  
Peppered Snail recipe
Prep time:  10 minutes
Cook time: 18 minutes
Total time:  28 minutes
Meal type:  Side Dish, Appetizer
Misc :          Serve Hot

Ingredients:::

• ¼ cup Vegetable oil for frying
• 1 medium sized Red Onion, Sliced in rings
• ½ Seasoning cube, Crushed
• Salt to taste
• 2 tbsp. Tomapep puree or pepper puree (Use either of the two)


Directions:::
Step 1: Wash and place the snails in a medium sized pot. Add ½ tsp. salt with 1 cup of water and steam on medium heat for 10mins. Drain the water and set aside

Step 2: In a frying pan, heat the vegetable oil till hot. Add the Red onions and stir-fry for 1 minute.

Step 3: Add the “Tomapep” or Pepper puree, Crushed seasoning, Pinch of salt and Stir-fry for 2 mins.



Step 4: Add the snails and stir to incorporate. Leave to simmer for 5 mins


Turn off the burner and garnish with green and red bell pepper. Serve Hot.




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31 comments:

  1. I love snails but never prepare them myself.this is really cool and explanatory, am gonna try it out

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    1. I'm sure you'd luv it once you try it out damie. Do let us know how it goes aii' :)

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  2. Anonymous5:56 am

    looks delicious...am not into snails, do you think it will work if i use mussels instead of snails

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    1. Yes it'd definitely work with mussels.

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  3. I'm literally drooling!...this is lovely

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  4. looks very delicious
    http://ezechimereuchenna.blogspot.com/

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  5. Anonymous3:51 pm

    I don't like snail but my hubbby does so will have 2try this method.thanks Dobby.

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    1. Thanks Anon! Do keep us posted once you try it out aii' .

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  6. Anonymous8:50 am

    Yeah dobby do u think this will work wiv mussels/clamps/oysters. I love snails buh they r quite expensive wia I stay.

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    1. It'd definitely work with mussels/ clamps/ oysters but make sure you wash the shells well.

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  7. Anonymous12:12 am

    if you don't mind me asking. What is the name of your camera? Do you do any photo editing after you take pictures.

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    1. I use a fujifilm camera and It has inbuilt effects and features which I use.

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  8. snail meat....thats foreign here in Kenya, we do insects such as termites,grasshoppers but not snail.Im getting goose bumps just thinking about it!!!! My palate is less developed i bet!

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    1. l:)l! This got me cracking up. Your palate isn't less developed sweets, it's probably just new and I'm sure you'd luv it once you try it out. We also eat termites but I've never tried or seen grasshoppers eaten in nigeria (that's new too but I might be wrong) :).

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    2. Anonymous3:38 am

      They eat locusts (like grasshoppers) in the north. It's called fara. BTW great looking recipe. Will try it with other meats like pork and beef. I'm guessing it'll be good.

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  9. Anonymous9:23 pm

    People eat grasshoppers a lot in the north. Infact it is dried and sold in bowls just like ur grains in the northern markets. Its not new at all.

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    1. Really? i never knew we eat grasshoppers in Nigeria till now.Thanks for the clarification anon.

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  10. Definitely on my to-do list

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    1. do keep us updated once you try it out.

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  11. Eat snails a lot but never thought of this...will surely try this out next time I wanna prepare a snail meal

    Ujesta.blogspot.com

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    1. you'd definitely love it. do let us know how it goes uje :)

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  12. Anonymous12:34 pm

    I would really love to try dis. But d snails, water and salt combo, will it b wit d shell?

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    1. No you have to remove the shell first. it's got lots of slime which has to be cleaned off first.

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  13. Anonymous11:53 am

    @ anon 29/11/13. its locusts, not grasshoppers.

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  14. Miz K9:20 pm

    Very nice recipe but not alot of instruction on what to use to clean the slime and the process itself. Very bad for first timers as they might not know the snail is supposed to be squeaky clean before cooking. Give a little info on the pros and cons of using alum,lime,lemons and/or salt to clean. #safetyfirst

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  15. congo meat....simply the best.thanks dobby

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    1. You can say that again :)

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