During Lent, a lot of people give up a whole lot of things as a fast during the period and the very popular food item that people give up is beef. I have heard many people give up chicken as well. I started looking online for some lent inspired recipes and all I saw was fish dishes and shrimp dishes and i’m thinking wait a minute. There is more to cooking meatless dishes than fish and shrimp. Guess what I opted for. SNAILS!!! Truth be told, I would take snails over beef any day. You feel me? Does anyone feel me? No? ok. Anyway enjoy this simple appetizer i whipped up recently. Really reminds me of the Dodo Gizzard recipe. Same concept except I used snails instead of gizzard.
2 ripe Plantains
5 medium sized snails
2 large Scotch Bonnet Peppers( Ata Rodo)
3 cubes of Maggi
1 Medium sized Roma Tomato
1/2 cooking spoon vegetable oil
1 clove of garlic
1/4 bulb of onion
1/2 green bell pepper
1/2 red bell pepper
1.5 teaspoon of salt
2.5 cups of water
2 spoons of oil – for frying
1 medium sized lemon
*Wash the snail with lemon till all the slime comes off
*Place snail in pot and season with 1 teaspoon of salt, one large scotch bonnet pepper, 2 Maggi cubes, 1/8 bulb of Onion and boil with 2.5 cups of water for 20 minutes on medium heat.
*Peel and dice the ripe plantain and fry.
*chop the rest of the onions, the roma tomato, the scotch bonnet pepper, green bell pepper, red bell pepper and garlic
*Heat up the vegetable oil, fry the onion and garlic on medium heat for 3 minutes.
*Fry the chopped roma tomato, bell peppers and the scotch bonnet pepper
*season with the rest of the salt, maggi and stir in the snails.
*Add the fried plantain and stir in and leave to simmer on low heat for 5 minutes.