Now that the holidays are behind us, it’s time to start preparing for how you’ll ring in the New Year! If you’re planning on hosting a get-together for some friends and family, I have just the idea that’ll really impress them and get them thinking you’re a fancy-schamcy chef.
Nothing says decadence like a tray of oysters. Although they are very intimidating in looks, these recipes are incredibly easy to do and the hardest part is probably just having to shuck the oysters (I’d suggest investing in a few oyster shucking knifes and a rubber glove to make the process as painless as possible)!
I’ll be honest, my history with oysters is limited to within the past few years. Having grown up in the midwest, we simply weren’t introduced to fresh oysters and I’m not sure I would have been open to the idea anyways at the time. It wasn’t until a trip out to Boston and a visit to the first oyster house in America that I tried my first raw oyster shooter. The verdict was still out on if I’d come to love oysters, but over the past few years and having tried them multiple ways…they really are worth the temptation.
Here are 3 delicious recipes worth celebrating over this New Year’s!
For the Purist —
The simplicity of this recipe allows for the true, raw taste of the oysters to shine with a few optional condiments to enhance the flavor.
- Cocktail Sauce
Simply shuck, squeeze lemon juice on the oysters and enjoy! Some people enjoy making a mixture of horseradish and cocktail sauce to top the oyster with so make sure to have small table spoons available.
For the Traditionalist —
Although there are various versions to this recipe, the Oyster Rockefeller has a notable history of a over a century and is a crowd favorite.
- ¼ cup bacon (cut into small bits)
- ½ cup spinach
- splash of white wine
- 3 tbsp cream
- 1 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp breadcrumbs
- ¼ cup grated parmesan
- Once the bacon is chopped, slowly render them until they are crispy in a small frying pan. Remove from pan and lay out on a paper towel to soak up excess fat.
- In the same pan, use the remaining bacon fat to sauté the spinach until wilted. Drizzle with white wine and reduce until spinach is dry. Add in cream and cook for a minute until slightly reduced. Spinach should be soft.
- Melt the butter and mix into the breadcrumbs. Grate the parmesan and mix half into spinach mixture and half into the butter and breadcrumbs.
- Fill half-shell oysters with spinach & bacon mixture and top with cheesy breadcrumbs.
- Bake oysters under a broiler for 7-10 minutes until golden brown.
For the Adventurer —
For those that are willing to go down a spicier path, we suggest serving oysters “Russian” style.
- Lemon Zest
Simply mix the above ingredients together and place a spoonful on top of the oyster and enjoy!
These recipes pair nicely with a white wine such as Cambria’s Benchbreak Chardonnay due to its crisp, fresh finish that will compliment the oysters and balance out all the flavors.
We wish you a very Happy Fun-Filled New Year!
Written By: Kristin Mansky