Black bean ragout with snails
Snails Chinese Appetizers Beans
Last updated 6/12/2012 1:08:56 AM. Recipe ID 35653. Report a problem with this recipe.
Title: Black bean ragout with snails
Categories: Chinese, Snails, Appetizers
Yield: 4 Servings
1/2 c Dried black beans*
1 Ham hock
1 1/2 tb Chinese fermented blk. beans
1 tb Butter
1/4 c Julienne of fresh fennel
1 Clove garlic; crushed
1/4 c Hot salsa
1 1/2 tb Red wine vinegar
2 tb Bucheron or Montrachet*
8 Thin slices French bread
28 Snails (available in cans)
1/4 c Julienned roasted red pepper
1 tb Chopped fresh cilantro
*Note: Dried black beans should be soaked overnight in cold water to
cover. Amount of Bucheron or Montrachet may be increased to 1-1/2
times amount given.
Drain the beans and put them in a 2-quart saucepan with the ham hock
and fermented black beans. Add cold water to cover ingredients by 2
inches. Bring the water to a boil, skimming of any froth that rises
to the surface. Reduce the heat and simmer for 2 to 3 hours, until
the beans are tender. Remove and discard the ham hock. Reserve the
beans and about 1 cup of the liquid, or enough to give the beans a
stew like consistency.
Preheat the broiler.
Heat the butter in a large skillet. Add the fennel and cook over
moderate heat, for about 5 minutes, until tender. Add the beans, the
bean liquid, the garlic, salsa and vinegar and stir. Cook over low
heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Spread the goat cheese on the bread slices. Place under the broiler
for 1 to 2 minutes, just until golden.
Taste the beans and adjust the seasonings if needed. Add the snails
and cook for 5 minutes, until they are heated through. Remove the
beans from the heat and stir in the roasted peppers.
Divide the ragout among 4 serving plates and sprinkle with cilantro.
Place 2 cheese-topped croutons at the sides of each plate.
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