Sunday, June 1, 2014

Periwinkles with Garlic and Lemongrass (appetizer for 2)


Periwinkles are small and it takes many of them to make a decent meal.  Don't get discouraged. After you have removed a few of these critters from their shells you will get much faster!  When I have lemongrass available in my kitchen I like to use it to make this dish.  It's great to put on toasted bread or crackers.

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp butter (salted or unsalted)
2-3 Tbsps olive oil
2 tsps finely chopped lemongrass
2 garlic cloves, smashed and finely chopped
2 chopped scallions (or about 2 Tbsps)
1 C cooked periwinkles meat (see Boiled Periwinkles post for how to cook them)
1 tsp fish sauce (or according to your taste)
A pinch of sugar (or according to your taste)

Method:

1) Heat oil and butter in a small pan over medium high heat.
2) Once the pan is hot, add lemongrass, garlic and scallions.  Saute about 2 minutes.
3) Add periwinkles, fish sauce, and sugar.  Saute about 2 more minutes and turn off heat.

Whoever said snails are slow?  Here are 2 friends trying
to escape!  Best to eat them as fast as possible!!  : D

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