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Amping up Oyster Stew

Making a generous pot of Oyster Stew for dinner tonight, and would like suggestions for herbs/spices to add during the cooking.

Thank you.

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  1. thyme? pepper? hot sauce?

      1. re: wyogal

        Never before.

        Starting with a roux; adding seafood stock, heavy cream, small diced potatoes, celery and onion. Then the oysters.

        So need the seasoning secret.

        1. re: RedTop

          a bit of nutmeg, maybe some bacon? salt to taste.
          If you've never made it, how do you know that this simple recipe is not fine as it is?

          1. re: RedTop

            A little Old Bay Seasoning, a little Worcestershire, and a little fresh thyme would be nice with your basic recipe. Go easy on whatever you end up using so it doesn't overpower your beautiful oysters.

        2. coconut milk, ginger and lemongrass.

          1. Lots of great suggestions, but I'm sort of a purist. Onions, butter, milk, cream, oysters (and their juices), potatoes, salt, liberal pepper and a dash or two of Worcestershire. That's my basic, but once you get the basic down, feel free to play about.

            1. One large bay leaf. One dried Thai pepper-smashed.