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Snails With Gigantes Beans and Artichokes

Saligkaria me Fasolia Gigantes kai Agkinares


  • 500 gr. of Gigantes (dry butter beans)
  • 8 small artichokes (halved), trimmed/cleaned
  • approx. 1 1/2 cups of snails, washed & cleaned thoroughly
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cloves of garlic, smashed
  • 1 cup of fennel bulb, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 heaping Tbsp. of tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp. of chopped fresh fennel fronds
  • salt and pepper to taste
Snails With Gigantes Beans and Artichokes

Snails With Gigantes Beans and Artichokes

  • Place the beans in a pot with enough water to just cover the beans. Bring to a boil and simmer for two minutes and drain (this step will stop you from getting gas).
  • Put the beans back in pot along with the carrot, fennel, bay leaf and garlic and fill the pot with enough water to cover the contents. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for approx. 45 minutes or until the beans are soft (taste one). Take off the heat and reserve (including the liquid).
  • Wash the snails and clean them very thoroughly. Place them in a pot of salted water and bring to a boil. Strain and repeat two-three times. Reserve.
  • In a large pot, add your olive oil, onions and saute for 5-7 minutes over medium heat. Add the scallions, artichokes and tomato paste, wine, snails and fennel fronds, boiled vegetables and beans. Add the reserved liquid to just cover everything. Top-up with hot water if needed.
  • Bring to a boil, cover and reduce to medium-low heat and simmer for about 30-40 minutes or until the artichokes are fork-tender.
  • Season with salt and pepper and set aside. Divide and plate and serve warm or at room temperature with a garnish of fennel fronds and a lemon wedge.


  • To eat snails, a toothpick works very well. Stick the toothpick deep into the snail’s opening and twist and pull out the snail meat. Don’t forget to suck the juices out of the shell!


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