Once thought to be dish for royalty only, escargot is gaining popularity with people of all ranks in many countries. This item is served as an appetizer or main entree, and it could be as expensive as a steak dinner. However, the price is worth all the expert preparation, cooking and presentation achieved by the chefs at Atlas Steakhouse.
What Is Escargot?
Escargot means “snail” in French. There are approximately 116 types of snails that can be chosen for this dish. The common land snail is used in the United States. In France, Burgundy snails and Petit-Gris snails are eaten. The only requirement is that they are large and edible. This mollusk can be cooked and served with or without their shells.
History of Escargot
Ancient archaeological dig sites in Africa and Spain consist of remains of snail shells. This indicates that it was a source of food dating back to prehistoric times. It has been considered a delicacy for French and Roman emperors since the first century, BC. Snails are either farm raised or grow wild. They are often imported from one country to another, and many American restaurants generally have them imported.
Is Escargot Healthy?
Escargot has many health benefits. One serving is high in protein, low in fat and free of sugar and carbohydrates. Made up of 80 percent water, this item also consists of many vitamins like A, E and B-12. It also contains minerals like iron, potassium, magnesium, selenium, phosphorous, zinc, calcium and sodium. This entree also consists of fatty acids and tryptophan. The former decreases the risk of heart disease. The latter is an amino acid that is also found in turkey. This component promotes the production of serotonin and melatonin in the brain that causes a relaxed state of mind and body. Its high water content and low calorie counts make this an excellent choice for those trying to lose weight. The only drawback is that it is high in cholesterol.
Why Atlas Steakhouse Serves This Food Item Better
Not every restaurant knows how to prepare and cook escargot. The chefs at Atlas Steakhouse use only the freshest snails, not canned. There is a strict preparation and cleansing process that must be followed in order to make this dish safe to consume. Snails are then boiled or steamed for a specified length of time so they are not under cooked and slimy or overcooked and rubbery. Our chefs also create a delicious sauce from garlic and butter, wine or chicken stock with spices that is served with this delicacy.
Men and women who enjoy seafood like scallops, clams, oysters and mussels will enjoy escargot. The meat from the snail is similar to clams and oysters and is light in taste. Consumers taste more of the sauce that this food was cooked and baked in rather than the seafood itself. This dish may not be for everyone, but this is a food item that should be tried by seafood lovers just to experience this delicacy for themselves.