In continuing my spree of recipes from the baby food cookbook, tonight I attempted Chicken Sausage Snails. They were a lot of prep work but were still pretty good. I think it could be easily adapted to adults by making patties rather than sausage shapes and not serving them as snails. But, where’s the fun in that?
Chicken Sausage Snails
3/4 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
1 medium onion, chopped
1 Tablespoon fresh parsely, chopped
1 chicken stock cube, dissolved in 1 Tablespoon of boiling water
1 large apple, peeled, cored and grated
2 Tablespoons of bread crumbs
salt and pepper
flour for coating
oil for sauteing
1 lb potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
2 Tablespoons milk
2 Tablespoons butter
salt and pepper
1 carrot, peeled and cut into strips
16 frozen peas
Put a pot of water on to boil. Peel and chop your potatoes and when the water is boiling, add them. I also threw in a chicken bullion cube- you could do this or maybe add some salt. The book suggests steaming the potatoes (to retain the nutrients), but I don’t do that.
While the potatoes are boiling, prep your ingredients for the sausage. Peel and grate your apple.
Peel and chop your onion.
Chop your chicken into chunks. This is to help the food processor along when you blend it all together.
Throw everything into your food processor. Ok, throw everything for the sausages into the food processor (chicken, bullion, apple, onion, parsley, bread crumbs). I’m afraid you need a large one- the small one won’t hold all the ingredients.
Whir it around for a few minutes until it’s all blended. Add some salt and pepper. Whir again and then put it all into a bowl. Admittedly, you could keep it all in the food processor but I find it hard to work out of the bowl of the food processor. Meanwhile, place a few tablespoons of flour on a plate.
Oh, and don’t forget your potatoes- check and see if they’re done. If so, take them out of the water and put them in a bowl. Add the butter and mash them with a fork or masher.
Add the milk and mix- I used a whip attachment because I wanted them to be very smooth.
Check your seasonings- add salt and pepper to taste. Great, now back to your sausages.
Make sausage shapes out of the chicken mixture. The recipe suggests that you’ll get five but I ended up with ten or so. The mixture is very loose so do it with damp hands. Place them in the flour and coat them.
I did a few at a time and then put them on a plate until I’d coated them all. Since it’s raw chicken you have to wash your hands before you touch anything else and I hate washing my hands multiple times while cooking so I was trying to consolidate.
Heat some olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Place a few sausages in the pan, but don’t crowd it. My pan fit about three at a time. Cook them, browning both sides, cooked all the way through- about 15 minutes or so.
While they’re cooking, throw your frozen peas and carrot strips into a steamer basket. Boil a bit of water in a pot, add the steamer basket and cover, cooking until the veggies are tender, about 3 minutes or so.
Ok, once your sausages are cooked, your veggies are tender, and your mashed potatoes are whipped, you are ready to assemble. Let’s make some magic!
Start by placing a sausage on a plate. Add a mound of potato on top. Sort of flatten it a bit. I used a small ice cream scoop to put the potatoes on the plate and then used the back to flatten it a bit.
Oh, the ketchup! Get a small plastic baggie and put some ketchup in it. Squish it down toward the corner and then use a scissors to snip just a little bit of the corner off so that you have a small hole. Use this to make a ketchup spiral on the potatoes.
Next, the decorations. You’ll need four peas and three carrot strips. It was helpful to put four small dots of ketchup where the eyes and the bottoms of the feelers went to help them stick. Place two of the carrot strips as feelers.
Add the last carrot strip for the mouth.
Full disclosure, my husband decorated two of the three snails. It’s the part of cooking he likes- the details. Even funnier? He said, “I’d better get a shout-out on the blog for this!” So, my dear, here’s your shout-out. Three really cute snails.