I've been staring at a can of snails sitting in my pantry for about a month .. I love escargot all kinds of ways...and today I decided to pair them with a partial package of linguini also sitting in the pantry, a couple of ripe tomatoes and some of last night's leftover wine. A lovely lunch!
Put a pot of water on the stove and start cooking the pasta according to the package directions.
While waiting on the pasta, place the oil in a large saute pan and heat. Add the garlic, crushed red pepper, oregano, ground fennel and salt and saute for about 2 minutes. Don't let the garlic brown.
Add the diced tomatoes and saute until they just start to soften. Add the snails and white wine and simmer for about 5 to 7 minutes.
Drain the pasta, reserving some of the pasta water and add the pasta to the sauce. With the heat still on stir everything together. Add a little of the pasta water to loosen the sauce if need be and check for seasoning with a little salt and pepper.
Pour the pasta onto a platter or in a serving bowl and garnish with some chopped parsley and grated parmesan
I think I get my love for food and cooking from my mom, who was an amazing cook. She would start baking and freezing a month before Christmas in order to host our huge open house on Christmas afternoon. I watched and I learned...to this day I try not to procrastinate when it comes to entertaining.
My cooking style is pretty much all over the place, although I'm definitely partial to Greek and Italian cuisine. Oh yes, throw a little Cajun in there too!