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Frogs' Legs and Snails: Hype or Heaven?

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February 1, 2015 / French / By
Nicola

When you think of French cuisine, stereotypically frogs’ legs and snails spring to mind. These slightly unusual foodstuffs are considered delicacies, but what are they really like? Are they really worth all the hype and fuss; are they a must-eat on a visit to France? Or is it a case of a lot of fuss over nothing?

I first tried frogs’ legs at a buffet in America, of all places! It was one of those places that served pretty much every type of food imaginable from all around the world, so of course I had a little bit of everything. Not quite haute cuisine, but it was a good introduction to French frogs’ legs.

'Frog legs & filet' by @joefoodie via Flickr

It goes without saying that frogs don’t have the biggest legs in the animal kingdom. In fact, they’re pretty skinny, and there’s not much meat on them. As such, it can feel more like you’re using a toothpick than biting down on proper food, but keep going.

When you find it, the meat is actually quite nice. Dare I say it? It does taste like chicken. Perhaps that was just the way this particular chef cooked it, but I doubt it. It was very similar in both texture and flavour to chicken, so much so that if you’d put the boneless meat in front of me and told me it was chicken, I’d have totally believed you.

In this case, although frogs’ legs are pleasant enough to eat, I wouldn’t have said that they were anything particularly special. I wouldn’t go out of my way to have them again (they weren’t special enough to warrant being chosen in favour of trying something new), and I certainly wouldn’t pay a premium price for them. If you’re unsure, then give them a miss: you won’t be missing out on a great deal!

Snails, on the other hand, are worth all the fuss! When you see slimy snails wiggling around your garden, it seems like a bizarre and illogical thing to pick one up and eat it, but they are quite delicious.

In fact, France is home to snail farms, where they look after thousands of young snails as they grow, until they’re mature enough to cook and eat. It’s possible to book tours around these snail farms, which is actually a much more interesting experience than it sounds!

Nevertheless, when they reach your plate, the snails are served in their shells, but you only need to eat the fleshy part. It’s common for them to come covered in a beautiful garlic butter sauce, which is exactly how I tried them (although this time at a tiny, quaint French establishment, rather than an American buffet!). To be honest, without the sauce they probably wouldn’t taste of a great deal, but the fact is that they are covered in sauce so they taste fabulous.

'eating snails 4' by Aidan Jones via Flickr

The texture is a little rubbery, but that’s as you’d expect. It isn’t too bad, and if you focus on the flavour then the texture is even less noticeable.

All in all, when it comes to snails, the hype is totally justified. This is something that I think everyone travelling to France should try, and everyone else should just add it to the bucket list!


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