Escargot And Chanterelle Pizza
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Escargot And Chanterelle Pizza
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Last updated 6/12/2012 1:02:05 AM. Recipe ID 25524. Report a problem with this recipe.
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      Title: Escargot and chanterelle pizza
 Categories: Entrees, Usenet
      Yield: 1 Pizza
      1 x  French bread dough
           -(Craig Claiborne's
           -French bread recipe
           -works well)
     10 oz French snails
           -(the smaller the better;
           -burgundy snails taste
           -best to me)
      2 oz Chanterelle mushrooms,
  1 1/2 lb Raclette cheese,
      8 oz Tomato sauce
      2    Garlic cloves
      2 T  Parsley, fresh
    1/2 lb Butter
  Make the French Bread dough recipe at least 1 day beforehand if you
  can. Roll the dough out into the shape of a pizza, put it on a pizza
  pan,and set it aside. It will keep in the refrigerator overnight.
  Prepare the dried mushrooms according to published recipes (soak,
  wash, cut, resoak, wash, drain).
  If the snails are too large (larger than a garlic clove), then cut
  them in pieces.  Drain the snails well.  Melt the butter in a baking
  dish, add the snails, crushed garlic, about 1/2 salt and ground black
  pepper to taste.
  Put the bread-dough pan on the top rack of the oven and the snails on
  the bottom rack of the oven, and cook them both for 10 minutes.  Take
  them out.
  Spread the tomato sauce in an even layer on the bread, then sprinkle
  the Raclette cheese over it.  Add the snails, and then the mushrooms.
  Sprinkle with fresh parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.  Bake at 425
  degrees F. in the top rack for 12 minutes (bottom rack will burn the
  *  A pizza-like dish smothered in escargot and mushrooms -- I was
  recently at a potluck party where everyone was asked to bring an
  interpretation of "French pizza," what pizza would have tasted like
  if it had been invented in Rennes instead of in Naples. I concocted
  this dish for the occasion, and it was a success. If you aren't sure
  you like escargot, this is not the dish to experiment with! Yield: 1
  large pizza.
  *  The first time I made this recipe I made it with morel mushrooms.
  Their flavor overwhelmed even the garlic snails.  It was good, but it
  didn't have the balance I was looking for.  Chanterelles seem to fit
  better.  If you're unable to find or afford chanterelles, you can
  substitute Chinese straw mushrooms, which are available in cans
  wherever Chinese groceries are sold. European dried mushrooms seem
  always to have rocks and dirt in them; Asian dried mushrooms never
  do.  I guess the Asians wash them better before they dry them. It's
  impossible to get all of the rocks out.
  *  Raclette cheese is so much better than any other kind of cheese in
  this recipe that it is worth looking for.  If you absolutely cannot
  get it, use fondue cheese or a Gruyere.
  *  Raw butter also tastes more "authentic" in this recipe.  What you
  really want to use is Normandy butter, but it's hard to get in North
  America. Alta Dena raw butter is available in California; it makes a
  noticeable difference in the flavor of the escargot. I don't know of
  any other states in which it is legal to buy raw butter.
  : Difficulty:  easy to moderate.
  : Time:  30 minutes.
  : Precision:  approximate measurement OK.
  : Brian Reid
  : DEC Western Research Laboratory, Palo Alto CA
  : reid@decwrl.DEC.COM    -or-

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Recipe ID 25524 (Apr 03, 2005)

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