La Chasse aux Escargots

First Catch Your Snail

Preparation info
  • Serves

    6 to 8

    • Difficulty


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By Anne Willan

Published 2007

  • About

The way to catch a snail (and let’s face it, if there is a chase, we know who won’t win) is to head out with a plastic bucket and a flexible back. In Burgundy, the little creatures flourish among the vines, and the best time to pick them is in late fall when they are hibernating and are fat, yet relatively clean. Elsewhere, even in the suburban gardens of Paris, snail maniacs gather the smaller petit-gris. If you want to reuse the snail shells after the meat has been cooked and extracted, s