This is a set of four stoneware escargot (snail) cooking and serving dishes from the 1970's. Decorated in a rich 'chestnut' brown glaze, each one has six 'wells' to hold the cooked snails in place.
The perfect 'oven to table' dish, allowing you to cook and serve from the same dish, without needing to transfer the snails, keeping all the flavor of the cooking juices and giving you beautiful presentation at the same time. They could also be used for baked mushrooms.
You could use them to serve canapes/nibbles at dinner parties or as a 'designer egg tray' as the 'wells' are the perfect size to store eggs!
Each Dish measures: 12cms /4¾" diameter (13.5cms /5¼" to the handles.) They each weigh 400gms (14ozs.) They are marked 'Made in France' on the undersides.
They are in excellent condition with no chips. They all have some slight surface scratches, consistent with use and their age, this in no way detracts from their functionality or beauty. They have many years of service yet to offer.
Snails are traditionally served in a Rich Garlic Butter - Here is an example recipe if you'd like to try cooking this French Classic Cuisine at home:
ESCARGOTS À LA BOURGUIGNONNE (SNAILS IN GARLIC–HERB BUTTER)
Ingredients: 16 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened, 1⁄4 cup (minced) ﬂat-leaf parsley, 1 tbsp. white wine, 1 tsp. cognac or French brandy, 3 cloves garlic (minced), 1 shallot (minced), salt, freshly ground black pepper, and nutmeg, to taste.
In a bowl, whisk together butter, parsley, wine, cognac, garlic, and shallots with a fork. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight to let the ﬂavours meld.
Heat oven to 400°. Spoon about 1⁄2 tsp. of butter mixture into each snail shell. Push a snail into each shell; ﬁll shells with remaining butter mixture. Cover bottom of a 9" x 13" baking pan with a layer of rock salt. Arrange snail shells butter side up on bed of salt and bake until butter sizzles, 10–12 minutes. Serve the snails into the dishes, accompanied with bread to soak up the butter.
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