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Dec 20, 2005 05:29 PM

Creamed Oysters

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I am still planning my Christmas dinner, there will just be 4 of us and rib roast is for sure and spoonbread but I got to thinking about a first course and finally settled on creamed oysters either on toast points or in puff pastry shells. Old fashioned and homey. I found that none of my more contemporary 70's and up have things like this in them I had to go to my older books and I did find one in Maryland's Way that looks very good but, does anyone have an old family T&T recipe that they love?

I was really surprised that some of the newer books, except Joy of Cooking, don't have some of these recipes with a contemporary spin on them. Pity!

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  1. I googled "creamed oysters" and got all kinds of recipes. This one sounded very good to me, especially the additonal of the little bit of sherry. Plus, with both cream and egg yokes, very rich, yummmy.

    Creamed Oysters
    From Diana Rattray,
    Your Guide to Southern U.S. Cuisine.

    Serve these creamy oysters over patty shells or rice

    2 tablespoons butter
    3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    1/2 cup oyster liquor
    1 1/2 cups heavy cream
    salt and pepper to taste
    2 egg yolks
    1 pint oysters
    2 tablespoons dry sherry
    patty shells or toast points
    chopped parsley, for garnish
    Melt butter in a large saucepan and blend in flour; let cook slowly for 2 minutes. Stir in oyster liquor and 1 cup heavy cream. Continue stirring until sauce is thickened and smooth. Season with salt and pepper. In a small bowl, whisk egg yolks with remaining 1/2 cup heavy cream.
    Gradually stir cream and egg yolk mixture into hot cream mixture. Continue stirring until heated through, but do not boil. Heat oysters in their remaining liquor.

    Add sherry to hot sauce mixture, then add heated oysters. Keep creamed oysters warm over hot water (not boiling) until ready to serve. Serve in patty shells or over toast points. Garnish with chopped parsley, if desired.
    Serves 4 to 6

    3 Replies
    1. re: Monty

      That is quite like the recipe iin Maryland's Way. I am probably going to layer it between and over smallish square of puff pastry and garnished with chopped parsley and sprinkled with a tiny bit of smoked Spanish paprika.

      1. re: Candy

        I think I'm gonna try something like that with my reduced-cream kind of sauce, partly because I just about have to if I want to stay within the South Beach guidelines, and partly because I think it might come out a tad clearer in flavor than the bechamel + eggyolk version (though that does sound very yummy). Might be a hassle getting the oyster juice to work in there without auxiliary thickening, but it's a nice puzzle. I will file a report...gonna be a while (probably next week), so don't wait up.

        1. re: Will Owen

          me too and maybe a photo

    2. I think they also call it Billy Bo....3 T of flour sounds like a lot to me....the Oyster Bar in Grand Central Station makes it in a very rich, fairly thin cream sauce, not much thickening.

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      1. re: ort

        Billi Bi is a Breton stew/soup of mussels, cream, and saffron.