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Wonderful Oyster Stew
The best oyster stew is made from fresh shelled oysters along with the oyster liquor that they come packed in. When you make a wonderful oyster stew you want to add both the oysters and the liquor they come in to your oyster stew. I think this is a wonderful recipe for oyster stew and it's a really simple recipe that comes out tasting wonderful every time you make it.
For Your Oyster Stew You Will Need
1. One Pint Of Oysters Including The Liquid Contents Of The Container.
2. One Quart Of Half And Half Cream.
3. One Stick Of Real Butter.
4. One Teaspoon Fresh Ground Black Pepper.
5. One Teaspoon Fresh Ground Sea Salt.
Start off with at least a 2 quart stock pot and to that add your stick of butter, and the salt and pepper. Let the pot heat up slowly and add in your oysters and the juice they are in. Let the oysters and butter heat up and then pour in your half and half cream and let the stew come up almost to a boil but not quite.
You can now serve your delicious but simple oyster stew in bowls and you can sprinkle the top of your oyster stew with fresh chopped chives for a garnish. Serve saltine crackers with your oyster stew.
The Native Americans had dined on oysters for thousands of years and even today in some parts of the east coast of the United States massive piles of oyster shells can still be seen from where Native Americans harvested and ate oysters. Most of the oysters eaten by Native Americans were eaten raw or roasted in the shell.
When the French settled in what is now the New Orleans area they began to develop delicious oyster dishes that have now been popular for hundreds of years. A lot of the French and Creole dishes made with oysters were made with the same recipes that had been used with snails for hundreds of years in France. New Orleans quickly became famous for the oyster dishes served there and they are as popular if not more popular there than they ever were.
I know you've probably all heard the myth that you should only eat oysters in months with a r in the name of the month but that was a myth started because oysters need to stay cool to be cooked and eaten later and in the summer months before freezers and refrigeration came along it was hard to keep oysters cool and fresh. But today you'll find oysters available and for sale all year round.
Oysters can be eaten raw on the half shell, roasted, steamed, in stews, or made into many wonderful delicious dishes that will have you wanting more and more oysters. One of my all time favorites is a simple oyster casserole made of oysters, milk, and crackers. You'll find the recipe for it below. As a small child I grew up eating oyster stew on cool fall evenings and when I saw my Grandfather come home with oysters I could hardly wait for the oyster stew to be made.
When I grew up I became a Chef and I started experimenting with ways to cook oysters. Over the years I think I've came up with some of the most delicious recipes for oysters ever and I'm going to share those recipes with you here on this Hub Page. Lets have fun and eat some oysters.
Antoine's which was founded in New Orleans in the 1840s have made the oyster dish, Oysters Rockefeller famous. It is a well known fact that President Roosevelt had and enjoyed Oysters Rockefeller at Antoine's in 1937. He said that they were the best oysters he had ever had. Oysters Rockefeller isn't a hard dish to make.
In case you're wondering Oysters Rockefeller was named after John D Rockefeller the richest American at the time for the richness of the sauce. And while Antoine's version of the recipe remains a secret recipe to this day I do have a version of Oysters Rockefeller that I am going to share with everyone below. The dish Oysters Rockefeller is now made by people and restaurants all over the world and here is my own version of the recipe for Oysters Rockefeller.
In order to make this dish and make it the most authentic you need at least a dozen large oysters and you want to open the oysters and reserve the deeper side of the oyster shells to make your oysters Rockefeller in. If you don't have oyster shells you can use ramekins or really small seashell baking dishes to make your Oysters Rockefeller in.
You want to start by draining your oysters through a strainer and save the oyster juices. You want to end up with 3 cups of oyster liquor. If you don't add enough clam juice from a bottle of clam juice to make up the difference.
For Your Oysters Rockefeller You Will Need
1. One Large Bottle Of Clam Juice.
2. Two Sticks Of Butter At Room Temperature.
3. One Cup Plain All Purpose Flour.
4. One Cup Fine Minced Sweet Onion.
5. Two Tablespoons Anchovy Paste.
6. One Tablespoon Minced Fresh Garlic.
7. One And A Half Pounds Of Fresh Baby Spinach Washed And Chopped Fine.
8. One Half Cup Herbsaint.
9. One Cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese.
If your using oyster shells wash your oyster shells very well. Be sure to scrub them to get any loose shell particles loose and wash them off well.
Set your oysters aside.
Now in a large stock pot add your butter and let it melt slowly. Stir in your plain all purpose flour and cook until your flour is slightly brown. Now add in the remainder of your ingredients except the oysters and your cheese. Bring the stock pot almost to a boil but not quite. Remove from the heat. You need to stir your sauce all the time your cooking it so the sauce gets slightly thickened.
Place a large plump oyster in a shell and add a big spoon of the cooked sauce on top of each oyster. Sprinkle the top of the oyster and sauce with freshly ground sea salt and fresh ground black pepper. On top of this sprinkle the fresh ground Parmesan Cheese. Place your oyster shells or baking dishes onto a pan and bake for about 15 - 16 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven until the oysters are curled and done. Serve at once garnished with slices of fresh lemon.
And I guarantee you that everyone who tastes this version of Oysters Rockefeller will love it. If you follow the recipe carefully you'll end up with some of the most delicious Oysters Rockefeller that you will ever taste.
Its important that you cook your sauce until it is thickened before you pour it over your oysters. If you don't cook the sauce until it is thickened you will be disappointed. Be sure that you don't burn the flour or you'll have to start over. You really must use all purpose plain flour as self rising flour won't work right.
You can make Oysters Rockefeller with shucked oysters but you'll need small ramekins or baking dishes to cook your Oysters Rockefeller in. To me this version of Oysters Rockefeller is the best I have ever tasted and this is my version of the recipe.
Easy Oyster Casserole
This has always been one of my favorite all time oyster recipes. Its flavor is just simply wonderful and its really easy to make.
For Your Oysters Casserole Recipe You Will Need.
1. One Pint Of Shucked Oysters.
2. One Half Cup Of Half And Half Cream.
3. One Half Cup Dry Bread Crumbs.
4. One Cup Crushed Saltine Crackers.
5. One Half Cup Melted Butter.
6. One Teaspoon Ground Sea Salt.
7. One Teaspoon Paprika.
8. One Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper.
9. One Half Cup Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese.
You will want to start by covering the bottom and sides of a 13"X9" casserole dish with butter and layer your oysters, bread crumbs and saltine crackers in layers in the casserole dish. When you get every thing in the casserole dish but your left over oyster juice and the half and half cream in the casserole dish mix the half and half and the oyster juice together and pour it over the top of the contents of the casserole dish. Take a fork if you need to and make holes so the liquid will go down into the contents of the casserole dish. Sprinkle the top of the casserole dish with the half cup of grated sharp cheddar cheese and place the casserole dish into a preheated 350 degree oven and cook about twenty minutes. Let the dish set for about 15 minutes before you scoop out and serve. This casserole is oh so delicious.
I have made this casserole quite often in some little seafood baking dishes I have and people always say its oh so delicious.
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