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Snails yachni , from Crete

Snails yachni , from Crete

If you visit Crete, you must try snails. Snails have a lot of protein and are a local produce of Crete. The Cretans have a variety of recipes for snails. They are eaten as an appetizer accompanied by raki, a traditional drink of Crete.

Recipe ingredients

  • 50 snails
  • 5 onions, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic melted
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste (diluted in a glass of water)
  • ½ cup Red wine
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp. red sweet pepper
  • 1 pinch of ground cumin
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick or ⅓ tsp ground
  • 4 grains of allspice
  • salt
  • pepper


1. Clean the snails. Sauté the onion and garlic in oil in a saucepan on low heat. Once soften, add the snails, a little water and let them boil for about half an hour.

2. Then add the remaining ingredients and let them simmer for about forty-five minutes, stirring occasionally. Lower the temperature and continue cooking for about twenty more minutes, stirring constantly.

3. the snails are served hot.

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