Latest RoadFood Poll - Oysters

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2004/04/28 06:50:56 (permalink)

Latest RoadFood Poll - Oysters

Left off the poll is the most important - Roasted (on a piece of boiler plate over a roaring fire).
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    RE: Latest RoadFood Poll - Oysters 2004/04/28 08:42:57 (permalink)
    I agree. I chose broiled only because it was the closest to some of my other favorite ways to cook and eat them.
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    RE: Latest RoadFood Poll - Oysters 2004/04/28 08:47:41 (permalink)
    To round out the SC group ... I too love them best roasted/steamed. Nothing like putting them on a piece of tin over a fire and covering them with wet burlap. Excellent !!!
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    RE: Latest RoadFood Poll - Oysters 2004/04/28 09:05:42 (permalink)
    You're right, Alexander! I was thinking roasted when I wrote broiled. As in this ancient photo of clams being ready to get roasted at The Place (note prices in background!):

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    RE: Latest RoadFood Poll - Oysters 2004/04/28 09:48:24 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by scbuzz

    To round out the SC group ... I too love them best roasted/steamed. Nothing like putting them on a piece of tin over a fire and covering them with wet burlap. Excellent !!!


    We generally roast them open (not covered with wet burlap) on the boiler plate until they begin to run a little juice, and accompany them with lots of sardine dip, Ritz crackers, and suffucient beer. There are also various sauces and melted butter, but most people eat them plain so.

    What do you do with the little crabs that are sometimes found in the oyster? We eat them as an added delicacy.

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    RE: Latest RoadFood Poll - Oysters 2004/04/28 10:08:48 (permalink)
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    What do you do with the little crabs that are sometimes found in the oyster? We eat them as an added delicacy.

    While I don't eat oysters (shock, yes there are Marylanders who don't), I can remember when my father would bring home fresh oysters & shuck them, my mother was always first in line for the little crabs. She would just slurp them down live with the rest of the oyster!" />
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    RE: Latest RoadFood Poll - Oysters 2004/04/28 10:25:50 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Alexander
    and accompany them with lots of sardine dip

    What do you do with the little crabs that are sometimes found in the oyster? We eat them as an added delicacy.


    What is this sardine dip ?? Sounds excellent ... I love sardines !!

    I love to eat the little crabs .... a most happy occasion when I find one in the oyster ... kind of like finding the prize at the bottom of the cereal box !!!!
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    RE: Latest RoadFood Poll - Oysters 2004/04/28 10:34:59 (permalink)
    I have eaten MANY oysters, but the best I ever had was "pan roasted oysters with artichoke hearts" at "Joe's Dreyfus Store" in Livonia, Louisiana.
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    RE: Latest RoadFood Poll - Oysters 2004/04/28 10:39:50 (permalink)
    I was dissappointed to find oyster po' boy did not make the list. Although they are fried.
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    RE: Latest RoadFood Poll - Oysters 2004/04/28 11:05:25 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Alexander

    quote:
    Originally posted by scbuzz

    To round out the SC group ... I too love them best roasted/steamed. Nothing like putting them on a piece of tin over a fire and covering them with wet burlap. Excellent !!!


    We generally roast them open (not covered with wet burlap) on the boiler plate until they begin to run a little juice, and accompany them with lots of sardine dip, Ritz crackers, and suffucient beer. There are also various sauces and melted butter, but most people eat them plain so.

    What do you do with the little crabs that are sometimes found in the oyster? We eat them as an added delicacy.




    That is so funny Alexander. You grew up only 90 minutes away from where I live, and have for 20 or so years, and we roast them by:

    1. Starting a roaring fire.

    2. Placing cinder blocks at four corners of the fire.

    3. Placing a large sheet of steel on top of the blocks over the fire.

    4. When the steel is so hot water immediately sizzles and dances away we dump onto the steel about a bushel of oysters, (May River's finest, either harvested by hand ourselves or by the Bluffton Oyster Co.)

    5. Immediately covering the oysters with burlap sacks soaked in water, preferably local sea water.

    6. Cooking them until they pop open, (occasionally spraying them with more water as needed so the burlap doesn't dry out and burn.)

    7. Shoveling them onto picnic or oyster tables and serving them with a variety of hot sauces, (usually people bring their favorites along with their own oyster knives), homemade cocktail sauce, lemon, melted butter, saltine crackers and a keg of beer.

    8. Repeat as necessary until all guests are satiated.

    9. We always have a pot of chili cooked and keeping hot on one corner of the steel.

    P.S. We eat the little crabs too, (thought in my finest wicked witch impression, LOL)
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    RE: Latest RoadFood Poll - Oysters 2004/04/28 11:26:16 (permalink)
    Should have had an "all of the above".
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    RE: Latest RoadFood Poll - Oysters 2004/04/28 11:59:27 (permalink)
    Oysters.......one perfect bivalve. One of the most perfect foods on the planet. They can be consumed raw, fried, grilled, broiled, stuffed with spinach and cheese or artichoke aioli or WHATEVER and it's still a glorious oyster! MFK Fisher wrote an entire essay on them: 'Consider the Oyster'. I will eat them in any way, shape, or form!
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    RE: Latest RoadFood Poll - Oysters 2004/04/28 12:23:55 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by scbuzz

    quote:
    Originally posted by Alexander
    and accompany them with lots of sardine dip

    What do you do with the little crabs that are sometimes found in the oyster? We eat them as an added delicacy.


    What is this sardine dip ?? Sounds excellent ... I love sardines !!



    Recipe for Sardine Dip - Ingredient quantities variable

    Cans of sardines to suit the number of people
    Mayonnaise
    Powdered mustard, to taste
    Grated onion, to taste
    Tabasco sauce (Optional)
    Garlic powder (Optional)

    Mash the sardines in a large bowl. Add enough mayonnaise with the powdered mustard to make a slightly stiff dip. You will need to taste the dip to adjust the powdered mustard. Grate the onion over the bowl that the dip is in (so as not to lose any of the onion juice), add the grated onion (and garlic powder) and mix well. Adjust the thickness of the dip with mayonnaise. If using Tabasco or other hot sauce, add carefully, and taste often - it can easily become too much and overpower everything else.

    Let the dip rest in the refrigerator for several hours.

    Serve with regular Ritz crackers.

    Try to have the oyster roast after dark, as the grayish color of the dip has been known to put off oyster roast novices.

    The nice thing about making this is the constant need to taste it, thus gaining an advantage over the guests.
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    RE: Latest RoadFood Poll - Oysters 2004/04/28 20:59:57 (permalink)
    The Sundancer prefers bi valves fried. I had a friend that consumed 50 raw one evening and I like them like that also.

    My favorite is fried.

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    RE: Latest RoadFood Poll - Oysters 2004/04/29 00:56:52 (permalink)
    I like them roasted and yes I eat the little red crabs.
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    RE: Latest RoadFood Poll - Oysters 2004/04/29 13:49:21 (permalink)
    I enjoy driving up the Northern CA coast, north of SF. When you take the coast route you see several places with Weber BBQ's in front of them. They are making BBQ oysters----half shell, put a dollop of BBQ sauce on them and then put on the grill. Delicious!
    Raw on the half shell though.......what a way to go....
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    RE: Latest RoadFood Poll - Oysters 2004/04/29 15:22:49 (permalink)
    I literally couldn't chose. I love them in all the ways listed.
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    RE: Latest RoadFood Poll - Oysters 2004/04/29 15:42:46 (permalink)
    You left out a "non of the above" choice for those of us who can't abide them.
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    RE: Latest RoadFood Poll - Oysters 2004/04/29 15:56:04 (permalink)
    quote:
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    You left out a "non of the above" choice for those of us who can't abide them.


    thats because those of us that CAN, cant imagine that one CANT!
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    RE: Latest RoadFood Poll - Oysters 2004/04/29 16:52:41 (permalink)
    At the recent meeting in Baltimore, one of our visitors enjoyed Oysters prepared with this CrabCake stuffing. This was a great combination of flavors and textures !

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    RE: Latest RoadFood Poll - Oysters 2004/04/29 16:53:24 (permalink)
    I think they are one of those foods like brussel sprouts - you either love them or hate them, there can be no indifference.
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    RE: Latest RoadFood Poll - Oysters 2004/04/29 18:59:12 (permalink)
    Lone Star doesn't care for oysters OR BRUSSELS SPROUTS??? Oh my, oh my. Well, she does have ONE redeaming quality, she likes Chardonnay..........
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    RE: Latest RoadFood Poll - Oysters 2004/04/29 23:03:27 (permalink)
    Fried oysters....dip in beaten egg, roll in crushed saltine cracker crumbs and fry in real butter. Mmmm...
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    RE: Latest RoadFood Poll - Oysters 2004/05/05 16:50:33 (permalink)
    My favorites? Raw, fried & stew in that order.

    MikeS.
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    RE: Latest RoadFood Poll - Oysters 2004/05/07 18:21:05 (permalink)
    let's see.....on my vacation this week I had 5 dozen oysters on the half shell, an oyster po'boy and a bowl of gumbo topped with oysters. Yeah......I'll take 'em any way I can get 'em!
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    RE: Latest RoadFood Poll - Oysters 2004/05/19 19:11:42 (permalink)
    If ever in South Louisiana , nothing beats "BLACKS or "DUPREES" in Abbeville Louisiana
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    RE: Latest RoadFood Poll - Oysters 2004/05/19 22:39:06 (permalink)
    My favorite way was left off the poll also. Oysters - Never

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