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In yesterday’s ‘FridgeCannes’, Mike invited Dan and Phil to join him in sampling some well-known French delicacies: Frogs’ Legs and Snails!
Locally known as ‘grenouilles’, the French consume about 4,000 tons of frogs’ legs each year, but many sources say that this delicacy is actually more popular with tourists due to the infamy of the cultural stereotype (which is where the derogatory nickname for French people as ‘frogs’ comes from).
When cooked correctly, frogs’ legs are in fact very popular for their delicate flavour, tasting somewhere between chicken and fish. A type of frog known as the ‘edible frog’ is used and the dish is rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A and potassium.
In France, they are classically sautéed with butter, garlic and herbs, but frogs’ legs can also be fried or grilled and are enjoyed in several other European countries, as well as regions including Asia and the southern states of America.
Our next French appetiser to be sampled was snails or ‘escargot’ as they are known in France. It’s important to note that not all species of snails are edible and of those that can be eaten, the taste and texture of the flesh varies. They are low in fat and, like frogs’ legs, a good source of protein.
Generally the snails are shelled, gutted and cooked (usually with garlic butter, chicken stock or wine) and then placed back into their shells with the butter and sauce for serving. Additional ingredients may be added, such as garlic, thyme, parsley and pine nuts. Special tongs are also usually provided for holding the shell and snail forks are used to extract the meat.
So there you have it! We hope we’ve been able to provide a bit of background to the French delicacies sampled by Ben, Mike, Dan and Phil while they were in Cannes. These two popular dishes have long been associated with France, so we just had to try them!
What other French delicacies or French cuisines do you think we should be trying at Sorted?