Tangy garlicky snail butter paired with simple seasonal artichokes fairly well shouts “spring is here” can you hear it?

 

To be sure there were no snails consumed in this dish. Snail butter simply refers to the butter you make to stuff into snails, if you stuff snails that is. When I saw David Lebovitz’s recipe for Green Beans in Snail Butter I filed it away in my “must make” recipe file in my head. And promptly forgot it. Yet when faced with a case of fresh artichokes sent to me by Ocean Mist Farm, a prize from last fall’s Fresh Summit, suddenly the snail butter dinged dinged in my my mind.

Garlic and parsley nestled deep in melted butter with just a drip of lemon juice replaces the usual plain melted butter served with artichokes and it makes all the difference in the world. One boy who refused to eat an artichoke the other night suddenly wanted one because of the snail butter. And to be equal the one who always loves artichokes and will add butter to anything completely refused to believe there were no snails in the snail butter and he ate his artichoke plain.

 

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Artichokes with Snail Butter
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  1. steam or boil 4 trimmed artichokes until a leaf plucked from it comes out easily and the bottom 1/3 of the petal is tender
  2. while they cook melt the butter in small sauce pan over low heat
  3. once melted add the garlic and let in cook for 20 minutes or so
  4. don't let your butter cook away or brown just keep the heat low and let the garlic steep
  5. add the parsley, salt and pepper
  6. continue warming until the artichokes are done
  7. let the artichokes drain and then serve warm
  8. divide the snail butter between 4 small ramekins and serve as well

 

Make sure you get out a stack of napkins because the artichokes drip and the butter runs and smears. It can get ugly but it’s a beautiful fragrant kind of ugly, you’re going to want more of it.

 

A big shout out thank you to Ocean Mist Farm for the AMAZING artichokes, I’ve been looking forward to my prize since I won it at at Fresh Summit last fall. I was so pleased with how well they held up to shipping and how tasty they were. Thank you!

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