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Snails, Cretan Style, W/ Vinegar or Tomatoes

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Category: Appetizers, Greek

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  • Karen Mintzias


Wheat, flour and/or thyme

1 lb Snails
1/2 c Olive oil
1/4 c Red wine vinegar

1 lb Snails
1/2 c Olive oil
1 Onion; grated
1/4 c Chopped fresh parsley
1 lb Peeled, chopped tomatoes

The Greek gift for having a word for it applies richly to snails, usually
called "salingaria" on the mainland, but "hohli" on Crete and "karaoli" on
Cyprus. Hohli are a favorite Cretan food, and the delicious cooking
methods explain why. Snails are scrupulously avoided except in summer,
when they are considered safe to eat. Since snails absorb the odors and
taste of foods on which they feed, Cretans catch them after a rainfall, put
them in a covered container, and feed them for several days on wheat,
flour, and perhaps some thyme. Then the real fun begins. The amounts of
the other ingredients in this recipe are based on a pound of snails. One
pound of snails serves 1 or 2.
First be sure all the snails are alive, then wash them thoroughly in
cold water and place in their shells in a container large enough to hold
them. Pour hot water over them to cover and bring to a boil. Add a
teaspoon of salt for each quart of water and continue to boil for 20
minutes, skimming off foam. Drain the snails, then wash in cold water and
drain again. In a deep, heavy pan, heat olive oil almost to the boiling
point, using 1/2 cup olive oil per pound of snails. Add the snails and fry
for 10 minutes, turning carefully with tongs to avoid spattering oil. Pour
in 1/4 cup red wine vinegar for each pound of snails. Remove from heat and
stir constantly for a few minutes. Remove the snails to individual plates
and serve hot with a little of the remaining sauce, and some bread and
wine, as an appetizer or first course.

SNAILS BRAISED WITH TOMATOES Prepare the snails for cooking as directed
above. In a deep, heavy pan, heat 1/2 cup olive oil per pound of snails,
add some salt for seasoning and then the snails. Cover, lower the heat, and
cook for 10 minutes, turning once. Add a grated onion and 1/4 cup chopped
fresh parsley per pound of snails. Stir over medium heat for a few minutes,
then add a pound of peeled, chopped tomatoes for each pound of snails.
Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, or until the tomatoes are tender. Serve
with fried potatoes and baby zucchini salad.

Typed for you by Karen Mintzias

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