your right…I am going there! Slipper limpet cakes. Delicious little things. Slipper limpets are a type of snail. Yes these are snail cakes. Don’t run away. These are much better then the snails your thinking of.
first, the garlic butter….
Just melt and simmer some sliced garlic in it for 5 minutes. Very simple.
Second…many will ask what is a slipper limpet…Well it is a species of medium-sized sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusc in the family Calyptraeidae, the slipper snails and cup and saucer snails. This is a common snail, usually found intertidally, infralittoral and circalittoral and in estuaries. They will be between 0-70 meters deep in the water. They are known to damage oyster beds and the oyster fishery.
Interesting little fact on slipper limpets..they are hermaphroditic. The largest and oldest animals, at the base of a pile are female, the younger and smaller animals at the top are male. If the females in the stack die, the largest of the males will become a female.
They are often found, sometimes living stacked on top of one another, rocks, on horseshoe crabs, shells and on dock pilings.They are salt water mollusks. Sorry those in the grain belt. You will not find them in stores.
Third…why snails instead of clams…lots of local stores don’t know the difference between a cherry stone and a chowder hog. A cherry stone is a very small quahog clam…a chowder hog is as big as quahogs get…chowder hogs are very tough, and need to be cooked for a long time in a chowder. I’ve not made many friends with local diggers, most of who are con artists and I do not hide that fact from their customers. These local diggers sell chowder hogs as cherry stones at chowder hog prices….there customers ask for 30-40 cherry stones and end up over paying big time. The result usually when I go clamming locally, I end up with slashed tires, profanity keyed on the car, broken lights, smashed windows, and no side view mirrors. So I must drive 26 miles to bristol to go clamming, and there is some danger, the british bombarded bristol with cannon fire long ago. These cannon balls are still in the mud, and they are very dangerous, they can explode when struck. They are reminants of the revolutionary war. They are from british 9 pound cannons. So I tried to find an alternative closer to home without suffering damage to the car, or my self.
Ok now, let’s get to the recipes.
2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoons cayenne
1 tablespoons oregano
1 tablespoons italian seasoning
1 tablespoons crushed red pepper flake
1 tablespoons onion powder
Put into a canning jar and cover with the lid and ring and shake it well.
my tartar sauce
1 cup mayo
2 tablespoons onion
2 tablespoons relish (equal amounts of sweet pickle relish and hot pepper relish)
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
place all ingredients into a bowl, and mix well. Put in fridge.
slipper limpet cakes
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dust
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup garlic butter
2 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons green shallots
1 tablespoon onion
5 garlic clove plus 2 additional cloves to make garlic butter, also need a cup of butter to make the garlic butter
1 1/4 cup slipper limpet meat. (it pry out with your finger, and don’t eat the stomach, just want the suction cup foot.)
Combine egg, milk, butter, water, cayenne, dust, and salt in a bowl and mix. Add onions, garlic, green shallots, and slipper limpet meat in a blender process to a rough chop. Add flour to the egg mixture, then top with slippet meat mixture and whisk together. Then add in baking powder and whisk and drop onto a well greased baking sheet with a tablespoon.
You cal also deep fry them, but I think their better baked. Place them into a preheated 350 degree over for 30 minutes.
I got photos…and I got videos.
And now….video…Of course I tossed them onto youtube. The following videos are in order from first stages to the last. They are short videos, I know some have older computers.
last video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJVp9vIfK-4