Posts Tagged ‘seafood recipes’

Fish Chowder with Tarragon and Thyme

February 22, 2012

Comfort food seems to be appropriate for cold weather and one wouldn’t expect Puerto Rico to be cold but when the thermometer drops from 84° F. to 74° F. it feels like soup weather.  Albeit one’s blood is thinner in hot climes it’s all relative to the climate zone and season.  Its actually the dry season now in the Caribbean but we’ve had an unusual amount of rain for the last 2 weeks.

One can never have too many soup or chowder recipes and even though they all start with a basic mirepoix the star of the soup is the main ingredient which distinguishes one soup or chowder from the next.

So, okay I was cleaning out the freezer and frig and dumped it all into a pot of happy mirepoix in white wine.  A fillet of tilapia, a piece of salmon, a small seabass fillet, one russet

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Fricasseé D’ Escargots

August 2, 2009

snailsIn the previous recipe for Lumache di Mare, Italian snails in tomato sauce, I outlined the steps to clean and prepare sea snails. This Fricasseé recipe is from the Caribbean island of Martinque where sea snails have been prepared with this classic French method for over 150 years. It may be served as a main dish with potato puree or offered as an entree in mushrooms or as a tapas selection. The Maison Martinque in Vera Beach is the place to go for dinner and celebrations a la francais. You can have your own French inspired dinner party with this Fricasseé d’escargot. Simply duplicate this rich and flavorful dish with canned imported escargot snails.


  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/4 lb. sliced mushrooms, crimini if possible
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp parsley, chopped
  • Sea salt and fresh ground white pepper
  • Dash of Tabasco or pepper sauce of choice
  • 4 dozen snails (2 cans imported escargot snails)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 russet or Yukon Gold potatoes, cooked and mashed with butter and cream, salt and pepper


  1. Sauté mushrooms, onion, and garlic in butter. Add salt and pepper, Tabasco and parsley.
  2. Cut snails in half or quarters if they are large, add to sauté and cook over low heat for 5-8 minutes.
  3. Add heavy cream and stir gently for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Serve over mashed potatoes, garnish with additional parsley.

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Lumache di Mare – Sea Snails in Italian Sauce

August 2, 2009


Escargot is not for everyone but lumache made with sea snails is a gourmand’s delight. This Italian dish is marvelous made with canned snails which are a garden variety and have an earthy flavor. The sea snail is larger than a whelk, more meaty and similar in flavor to a whelk or conch. If you’re lucky enough to live where sea snails obode, its well worth the effort to clean and pressure cook these beauties for lumache di mare.

To prepare 50 sea snails, rinse and scrub the shells under cold water. Place snails in a pan with 1/2 cup salt, 1/4 cup vinegar and water to cover. The snails will belch out any sand. Drain and repeat until water is clear. Cover with boiling water and cook 5 minutes. Drain and cool. The snails’ doors will have opened so you need only give the shell a shake to remove the snail. Remove stomachs and trim tough filament surrounding dark side of snail. Place the snail meat in a pressure cooker, add 1 cup water, 1/2 cup white wine. Cook for 30 minutes under pressure. Remove from heat, allow pressure to dissapate completely, open pot and remove snails. Snails may now be cooked or frozen for future use.

The tomato sauce for this lumache di mare is robust with garlic, red chile, anchovies, fresh sage and rosemary. Serve lumache for lunch in a rustic bread bowl along with a Caesar’s salad and a glass of wine. Lumache also makes marvelous tapas.


  • 50 snails (2 cans imported escargot snails)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 1 dried red chile
  • 1 Tbsp anchovies
  • 3/4 cup white wine
  • 1 can (28oz) plum tomatoes, drained and chopped, reserve liquid
  • 3-1/2 Tbsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 3-1/2 Tbsp fresh sage, finely chopped
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • dash or two of Tabasco


  1. Saute garlic and chile in oil, add anchovy and cook 5 minutes.
  2. Add wine and reduce for 5 more minutes.
  3. Stir in tomatoes and reserved liquid, simmer 45 minutes.
  4. Add rosemary, sage and snails last 5 minutes.
  5. Add salt and fresh ground pepper to taste with a dash of Tabasco.
  6. Serve 9-12 snails per person in rustic bread bowls.

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