It's my last and final Oscar Noms post of the year and I managed to get it posted just in time for the big event. This one is a take on Argo and escargot, with all of the garlicky goodness of that French delicacy but without, you know, the snails. It's a simple recipe I found in the previously mentioned The Vegetarian Meat & Potatoes Cookbook. It's just sliced shiitake mushrooms (or use any mushroom you want) sauteed in garlic, shallot, dried basil and oregano, fresh parsley, a bit of white wine, and a splash of lemon juice. These fauxscargot are served as appetizers, perfect for your Oscar viewing party, nestled on little beds of angel hair pasta (just take 4-6 strands of angel hair and twirl them around into little nests). It's really all about that scrumptious garlicky, lemony, wine sauce - which is the only reason anyone would ever eat snails anyway, right? I mean, I challenge you to find me a person who claims to eat escargot because they just LOVE the taste and texture of SNAILS. Seriously.
I think Argo is likely to be the big winner tonight, but regardless, I'm really rooting for my girlfriend (in my mind) Jessica Chastain to win for her role in it. Not only is she gorgeous and incredibly talented, but she's also a longtime vegan! So I hope you put on your best red carpet attire/sweat pants, pour yourself some champagne, munch on plenty of Oscar Noms, and enjoy the show! Or don't watch! Either way! Just drink champagne!
|Doesn't this look a million times better than a pan full of SNAILS?|