Monday, December 31, 2012

CHEERS! (RINGING IN THE NEW YEAR ~ OYSTER STEW)

"Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us." 

~ Hal Borland 




CHEERS!


OYSTER STEW
~ a 'rich' holiday tradition for Christmas or the New Year ... delicious recipe adapted from Simply Recipes, a great site and one that cooks much like I do ...

1  pint freshly shucked oysters (such as bluepoint)
5  Tbsp. unsalted butter
1/4  cup flour
2  minced celery stalks plus leaves
1  minced sweet onion
2 minced garlic cloves
1  3/4  cup milk
1/4  cup cream (or all milk if you choose but once a year the cream is good)
1/4 - 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper (to taste)
coarse salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1/2  cup minced fresh parsley (reserve a tad for garnish)
Crisp crumbled bacon for garnish (optional)
Oyster crackers

  • Strain oyster juice thorough fine sieve. Remove grit and reserve juices. Rinse oysters under cold water and set aside.
  • Melt butter in stock pot over medium heat. Add flour and stir to make a roux. Reduce heat and cook mixture, stirring often, until color of coffee-with-cream. Stir in celery, onions and garlic and cook 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add oyster juice and any juices in reserved oyster bowl. The flour in roux will absorb liquid and turn into a paste. Slowly add milk/cream, stirring to incorporate as you pour in. Add cayenne to taste. Heat soup to steamy over low heat (below simmer) for 10-15 minutes. 
  • Add oysters and cook for another 2 minutes or until edges begin to curl. 
  • Season with salt, freshly ground pepper and minced parsley. (If too thick, add more milk/cream). 
  • Serve garnished with fresh parsley, crisp crumbled bacon, and oyster crackers. (4-6 servings) 

5 comments:

Lindalou said...

Happy New Year. Good to hear from you again.

imac said...

Sounds warming on a cold winters day.

Be well - be Happy - Here's wishing you a Great 2013 - my Friend.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Very nice to see two posts from you as I catch up on my blog post subscriptions! Happy New Year, Joey! :-)

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

I don't think I've ever tried an oyster stew, it sounds delicious! Happy New Year, Joey!

joey said...

Thank you, Lindalou! Making up for lost time :) Happy 2013!

Happy New Year dear iMac!

And good wishes for a healthy, happy New Year to you too, dear Kim.

Clare, trust me, if you like oysters, it's divine! Happy 2013 :)