This rich, creamy Oyster Stew is made with fresh, plump oysters. Just the thing to warm you up on cold evenings.
The recipe I'm sharing with you today is one that I always think of when the weather turns cold. In my opinion, late fall and the early part of winter is the time of year when fresh oysters are at their best in the southeast.
Especially if you can get your hands on some Apalachicola Bay oysters. Small, sweet, plump, and with a mild saltwater taste, they're simply the best oysters in the world.
Unfortunately, the future of those special oysters is threatened right now. Their ecosystem is in peril but people are working really hard to try to save it. I'm wishing them all the best in doing that.
Love Some Raw Oysters!
When I was much younger, we'd go to a local oyster bar in town to have oysters raw on the half shell. Rural southern oyster bars are not fancy places.
My favorite one had a screen door, a bar that would seat three folks on wooden stools, and one table with four straight-back wooden chairs. You'd wait your turn to sit at the bar where fresh oysters were shucked and served right in front of you.
The accompaniments? Saltine crackers, hot sauce and, if you insisted, cocktail sauce. Take a shucked oyster. Place it on top of your cracker. Add a drop or two of hot sauce and inhale the whole thing in one bite. I've been known to down two dozen in a sitting.
They're Also Great in a Stew
Besides enjoying them in their natural, raw state they also make mighty fine eating when battered and deep fried. Or you can go a little more refined with oysters and make them into this creamy, luscious oyster stew.
Be sure to use a pint of the freshest oysters possible. Get the fish seller to hand shuck them if possible or bring them home and do that task yourself. Try to avoid the oysters in the plastic container at the grocery store. Lord only knows where they came from and how long they've been in that refrigerator.
How to Make Oyster Stew
Place all the ingredients except the milk in a saucepan.
Heat the mixture over medium-low heat until the edges of the oysters just begin to curl. This takes about 10 minutes and should not be rushed. Be sure to keep the heat fairly low and stir frequently.
In another saucepan, scald the milk, cream, or half-and-half. When the edges of the oysters have curled, add the scalded milk to the oyster mixture and stir well.
Serve immediately with oyster crackers and additional Tabasco if desired.
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- 1 pint fresh oysters with their liquid
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 green onion chopped
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
- ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ teaspoon Tabasco sauce
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cups milk cream, or half and half
- Oyster crackers (for serving)
- In a saucepan, combine all ingredients except milk. Heat over medium-low heat just until edges of oysters curl (about 10 minutes).
- In another saucepan, scald the milk (or cream, or half and half). Stir in to other ingredients.
- Serve immediately. Pass oyster crackers.
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