We decided this year to make oyster stew in lieu of our traditional smoked ribs on New Years Day. Resolution you smell??? No, more like a true lifestyle change. Rocky is on the verge of having to take cholesteral meds and he not happy about it. Sadly for him it's genetic but he is going to do his darnest to try to lower his stats by making better food choices (we are heavy on the cheese and red meat) and adding more cardio (he does exercize regularly but he's going to work on that heart rate a bit more).
So ... back to the oysters. We've made several versions of oyster stew over the years (most including heavy cream and/or condensed milk) but none really stood out as a winnner. That all changed when I found this recipe.
It was good.
We ended up modifying the recipe a bit due to the oysters being left on the counter for about 6 hours (that darn eggnog again) after some late night snacking ... good thing we keep our house like an icebox - ahem.
Here are our 'tweeks':
- we boiled the oysters in their 'liquor' and about 3/4 C of red wine - when they started to curl we drained them
- I didn't really measure the potato/onion/garlic - we like alot so I'd say it was about a large potato and a half, 2 medium onions and 4 large heads of garlic-ish
- 4 C of chicken broth
- a big handfull of parlsey
- at least 1 C of the crushed crackers (I used whole wheat - which were still junk - 1st ingredient 'enriched flour' - what a crock - how can they say they are 'whole wheat' - arg)
- I only had 1 C of corn and the 8oz of the clam juice - if I had more I would have added it but it was fine without the extra
Rocky thinks this is the best oyster stew he has ever had.
He's a hard one to please when it comes to them there oysters.
I ate mine sans oysters. It was delicious. I'd say we have a new New Years Day meal ... and seein' as we are alive and kicking, I'd say those oysters did not get the best of us ~wink wink~. We'll just make sure that we clean up after ourselves
Speaking of stews ... don't forget Turn the page ... Tuesday on the 4th - what books have you been stewing over?