Try making a heart-warming oyster stew this winter. It's perfect to serve around the Christmas holiday for friends and family to enjoy together, especially if the stew comes with a piece of hot, crusty bread. If you want to make the stew a bit spicier, throw in a couple of drops of Tabasco sauce before serving.
Oyster Stew Recipe
Ingredients You Will Need:
½ cup butter (could use low-fat butter)
3 tablespoons shallots, minced
1 cup celery, minced
1 quart half and half cream
2 containers shucked oysters, undrained
Salt, pepper to taste
Pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
Start with a large skillet. Add in the butter over medium heat. Next, stir in the shallots and celery, and cook until they are tender. Then, in a medium-sized pot, pour in the half and half. Cook on a high heat. Next, stir in the melted butter with the shallots and celery. When the liquid looks to be almost at a boil, drop in the oysters. Flavor them with the salt, pepper and cayenne pepper.
Stir frequently to make sure the flavors are mixing together. The oysters will then begin to curl at the ends, and this will let you know that your stew is complete. Take the bowl off the heat, and pour the stew into serving bowls. If you don't wish to serve the stew with some bread, try putting some crackers on the side.
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