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Old 12-04-2006, 06:55 PM   #1
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Anyone finding/eating any good oysters? They are kinda scarce in the South due Katrina.....Favorite oyster recipes?

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Old 12-04-2006, 07:00 PM   #2
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I always eat my Oysters out at restaurants.
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Old 12-04-2006, 09:04 PM   #3
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Since I hate raw oysters, but love them cooked, I always buy the jarred shucked ones here, & the quality is quite good.

"Fried Oysters" are my favorite, & I always shallow/pan-fry them rather than going the deep-fry route, & they always turn out terrific. I've done them this way in a Saveur magazine recipe beer batter, dredged in cornmeal, seasoned flour, & Japanese Panko breadcrumbs.

Out of all of these, believe it or not, I like the plain seasoned flour the best. The oyster flavor really comes through. The beer batter would run 2nd, cornmeal 3rd, & Panko last. While I love Panko crumbs for a lot of things, they just seem to burn too quickly on the oysters.

While I haven't tried any yet, I'm planning on experimenting with some oyster casseroles that I've seen recipes for. "Rockefeller" style, "Au Gratin" style, etc., etc. I think they'd be interesting.
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Old 12-05-2006, 06:41 AM   #4
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We are so lucky to be able to get Pacific Oysters from New Zealand and I like them anyway but raw. The only slight problem, because we sell them crumbed in the shop, is that we can get them in half shell only as importing oyster meat in to Australia is banned thanks to some restaurants re-using the shells and making people sick.
My favourite would be under the grill in their 1/2 shell with a little ground bacon, cheese, black sauce and a sprinkle of panko.
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Old 12-05-2006, 07:46 AM   #5
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Man I am really hungry for some oysters...both raw and fried.
Breezy, have you tried corn flour as a breading....I was raised frying in conmeal but have switched to corn flour. Here in the "Catfish Capitol of the World" there are numerous "fish fry products" on the market. Some seasoned some just plain. I must admit I prefer the deep fry method in the 360* range for no more than 90 seconds....60 seconds for small ones.
Later I will post a recipe than you might find to your liking....Oysters Johnny Reb from the Old Southern Tea Room (now defunct) in Vicksburg Ms. It would fall into a casserole catergory.
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Grilled are my absolute favorite!!
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Old 12-05-2006, 09:16 AM   #7
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Raw and with horseradish and squeez of lemon for me!!!! Love em fried and in gumbo as well. This time of year, we can get Texas Gulf Coast Oysters that are pretty darn good and only $3.25 for a dozen!!! Can't beat that!!!

I never really mess with oysters much at home... but reading some of these posts, it seems like it would be easy enough to whip up some fried oysters! Ahh cha cha cha!!!!
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Man I am really hungry for some oysters...both raw and fried.
Breezy, have you tried corn flour as a breading....I was raised frying in conmeal but have switched to corn flour. Here in the "Catfish Capitol of the World" there are numerous "fish fry products" on the market. Some seasoned some just plain. I must admit I prefer the deep fry method in the 360* range for no more than 90 seconds....60 seconds for small ones.
Later I will post a recipe than you might find to your liking....Oysters Johnny Reb from the Old Southern Tea Room (now defunct) in Vicksburg Ms. It would fall into a casserole catergory.
If you can get a hold of some blue cornmeal it does make a pretty plate!

Every Thursday a local restaurant has 35-cent oysters - last time we went I didn't really care for them - too salty and too dang small. Now, since it's December - it's time to go back.

I love a very simple escalloped oysters - cream butter, saltines, salt and pepper and a couple heavy dashes of Worcestershire.

I also like oyster stew made with evaporated milk.

Click here for some oyster recipe reading.
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Old 12-05-2006, 09:22 AM   #9
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chesapeake bay oysters are awesome (Chicoteague the best of the best). I love them fried, or in a fine oyster stew, but my favorite way is called oysters sasafrass...a hand crushed tomato and hand torn basil with garlic sauce with the oysters and liquor, pepper hot sauce and grey salt added to taste, over pasta of choice (penne is great with this one). so simple so awesome.
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Old 12-05-2006, 10:17 PM   #10
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Anyone finding/eating any good oysters? They are kinda scarce in the South due Katrina.....Favorite oyster recipes?
We have not found them at all scarce on the SC coast--and out of season they come from LA. We have heard that the hurricane actually helped the beds. It is the boats that are in short supply.

Made a pretty good po boy last week, as a matter of fact. Eating a LOT of oysters in October in SC--roasts.
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