Weekend Delight – Peppered Snail Recipe
Snail is an exotic meal, due to its expensive nature, it’s not frequently cooked in Nigerian homes, compared to beef, chicken, fish or goat meat. The price of snails ranges from #800-#1500 and in a small proportion.
Snails are one of the easiest foods to cook, however, in some cultures, it’s forbidden to eat snails. They say due to its slimy nature, it can make one “slow”. In some others, a meal mustn’t be served without Snails.
How can you make the perfect peppered Snails? Follow the recipe below.
- 10 Medium pieces of snails (depends on the number of people you are cooking for)
- 15-20 pieces of pepper(atarodo)
- Onions (one big size)
- Seasoning Cubes (eg. Maggi, Knowcube)
- Salt (to taste)
- Oil (depends on the amount of Snail)
- In a bowl, wash the snails. I normally use a knife to scrape the snails, after which I’ll use alum. For the last round of washing, I use lime. This makes the snails squeaky clean with no slime. It’s a bit time consuming but be assured that the snails would be washed properly.
- Place the snail in the pot and add salt and other seasoning cubes. Leave to boil for about 30 minutes. If you notice that part of the snails has a “cracky” look, then the snails are ready.
- Use a manual blender to grind the pepper and onions. You can also dice the onions. Put them in a pot with already heated oil and stir-fry the mixture. Add your seasoning to it.
- After stir-frying, add the already boiled and tender snail. Stir for about 3-5 minutes. Ensure this is done on low heat as it helps to dry up the extra moisture from the pepper.
- Voila! Your peppered Snails are ready.
( I prepared that last week Friday).
It can be eaten with almost anything. Enjoy!