Arnaud's-style Escargots en Casserole

Ingredients:
  • 36 snails, removed from their shells, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/8 cups garlic butter (right)
  • 12 oz fresh or good-quality frozen puff pastry
  • 1 egg, beaten
Garlic Butter Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) plus 4 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup Herbsaint
  • 1/8 cup chopped garlic
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
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Preparation:

In a small bowl, mix all ingredients at low speed for 5 minutes.

Preheat oven to 420° F.

Place each snail in a small pot or ovenproof dish with a 2-inch diameter. Cover each snail with garlic butter.

Roll the puff pastry to 1/8-inch thickness. Using a 2-inch diameter pastry cutter, cut out 36 circles. Cover each snail pot with puff pastry, pressing the edges lightly to seal. Brush the pastry with beaten egg.

Bake for 8 minutes or until the pastry turns golden brown. Serve immediately.

Makes 4