Saturday, August 18, 2012

Oyster Stew....

With cooler weather arriving, at least for a short time, my mind goes to soup and stews. Oyster stew is one of the easiest things to make and takes very few ingredients. It was always a staple of our house on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Pop liked the oysters, the rest of us liked the flavored stew. If we had more oysters than Pop wanted, guess who got the rest of them. Yup, the dog, and he loved them.
Basic Oyster Stew
1 quart raw oysters
1 big chunk of butter
Cook the oysters in the butter till the edges curl up.
Milk is added to cover the oysters at this point and the stew heats until it is scalded.(I always add a fair amount of milk.) To season this stew use a little salt with just a dab of cayenne red pepper. Top with some chopped parsley.
Cocktail Sauce for Oysters
1 cup catsup
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp vinegar
1 Tbsp horseradish
salt and pepper.
Mix all ingredients and dip the oysters in this.
Oyster Facts: The city of Crisfield, Maryland is built on a foundation of oyster shells.
Americans eat more oysters than anyone else in the world.
Till next time.....

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