Best Grilled Oysters
Having an all seafood BBQ. BBQ'd shrimp, lobster, grilled potatoes, corn, etc. Think of everything in a lobster boil or shrimp boil. We are grilling it all. But all with a twist.
There will be around 40+ so ... we have lots of options for everyone. It will all be serve on newspaper, relaxed on the beach, nothing formal. And we have 4 grills (large grills) for grilling everything.
Here is the menu:
Key Lime shrimp skewers, key lime, garlic, cilantro, red pepper and ginger
Lemon cream Lobster. A simple lemon white wine cream over a simple grille lobster
Clams and mussels in a sherry, fennel, onion and lemon broth over toasted baguettes w/ herbs
all on the grill
Grilled potato planks with goat cheese and chives
Grilled artichokes with a horseradish mustard and dill cream
Grilled corn on the cob with chili and lime butter
Grilled homemade sausage from a friend. We are never sure what he is bringing
Onions marinated in a balsamic vinaigrette and grilled
Grilled Romaine with a creamy grilled garlic, onion and lemon vinaigrette
Grilled tomatoes stuffed with a crab stuffing
Grilled fresh fruits for over homemade ice cream. Our friend ... he always makes something
different so we never know what to expect.
Well what is missing ... OYSTERS ...
We want them grilled, but not just plain oysters. We had rockafeller, butter and parm. We need something new. Any great ideas. I would some unique ideas and flavor combinations. Oven is not possible. Only grilled for this.
Please help, there is a lot out there but I would love some tested recipes. So I need some help!! The event is in 3 weeks, so I have time
Will you be covering these oysters on the grill? I've made some wonderful ones in the oven from Frank Stitt's The Southern Table - spicy baked oysters with caramelized onions. Maybe you could adapt them for the grill somehow?
For 24 oysters:
Carmelize two onions (quartered and sliced thin) in oil. Arrange shucked oysters on baking sheet on top of bed of salt. Add a little bit of carmelized onion onto each oyster, then add 1 tsp butter per oyster along with a pinch of cayenne pepper. Then put a square of thinly sliced bacon or pancetta on top, and sprinkle on some medium coarse bread crumbs. In a 450 degree oven, you cook for 10 to 12 minutes.
Not bad, yes covered on the grill is definite. I just made the standard and was looking forward to something a bit different. I know there are not too many options.
No oven but all grill. I am sure it would work the same.
A friend just gave me a creamy cheesy crab and spinach mix with some sherry that he puts on the oysters and grill them and put a savory blue cheese cracker on it. Not sure about the cracker for this but who knows.
He makes these all the times. Takes saltines and soaks them in milk. Pats them dry, mixes with butter, blue cheese and seasoning and then makes little rounds just hand formed and bakes them on parchment paper flattened out. They melt in your mouth. A strange combo I know, but they are really good. He made small ones ... like nickle size to top the oyster
Right now I am looking at about 100 oysters plus. I also have a tomato based one with roasted tomatoes and another with pancetta, onions and tomatoes. Just trying to find some unique flavors.
re: Steamed Dumpling
Sorry, I only listed a couple
We had rockafeller, butter and parm, regular grilled, with garlic butter, and spinach with a tomato sauce. And then just plain for people to dip in whatever. Looking for some unique toppings. It isn't easy I know.
Appreciate the question. I'm not sure what else there is, just trying to get options
Something I've always enjoyed when my family gets together at my grandmothers in Watsonville, CA:
Grill the oysters over a wood fire until you can see steam and bubbles escaping.
Open them up half shell and douse with melted garlic butter
(Even better when the garlic butter is spiked with tabasco)
Serve with crusty french bread
Knockout Oysters I swear, and everyone has a fun time taking them off the grill and smearing 'em on the bread.