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Menu help! What to serve as a main course with Oysters as a first?

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  • NaFLa Aug 1, 2013 10:11 AM

Some friends are bringing Oysters over and I'm stumped/have too many ideas for what to serve as a main, any suggestions?

Right now my top 3 options are:

- Darkly braised Lamb Shoulder from Edward Lee's Smoke and Pickles
- Grilled steaks and some sort of raw kale salad
- Ratatouille with grilled sausages and bread or pasta

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  1. All sound great, roasted whole fish is another. Oysters don't really limit you.

    1. what's your climate like right now?

      it's close to 90 degrees in my hood, so as much as i love lamb it might not be my first choice. :)

      kale is everybody's new darling, but raw can be difficult to digest.

      of the 3, i'd go the ratatouille route.

      also? i heart your friends.

      1. How are you serving the oysters? If raw, better check with your guests first.

        1. nice grilled steaks.

          kale--kale welll it wants sooooo badly to be a salad..but it realllllly should just be in a salad.

          1. Plenty of champagne. Who needs a main other than the oysters?

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            1. re: ratgirlagogo

              depemds on how many oysters they are bringing... but having several cool toppings could be a fun evening.. you could even do wine or beer paring with them

            2. With it being so hot, how about a nice crab,shrimp, or lobster salad with some grilled brochette.

              1. The ratatouille would be a great use of fresh summer produce and you could serve piles ontop of grilled thick toast with the kale salad.
                I have made this one many times- sometimes more kale and no brussels, always less oil in the dressing. And ignore the directions- make the dressing and rub into/massage the kale with it at least an hour bf serving
                http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/201...

                Are you making a mignonette for the oysters? They pair well with prosecco too.

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                1. re: Ttrockwood

                  Ohh that kale salad looks delicious! Variations on this one:
                  http://www.shutterbean.com/2011/tusca... are my standby, but I may have to try that.

                2. The oysters will be raw and they are bringing a mignonette (I think?). I'm in Los Angeles, so it's not too hot, it will probably be around 75, but it's still nice to have something summery.

                  I'm leaning toward Ratatouille, especially after seeing this:
                  http://www.latimes.com/features/food/...

                  So maybe ratatouille, grilled steak and garlic bread? And kale salad... too much?

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                  1. re: NaFLa

                    i don't think you'll need the kale salad. :)

                    where are the oysters coming from?

                    1. re: hotoynoodle

                      does annnyone ever realllllly need a kale salad?

                      1. re: girloftheworld

                        i feel the same way!!!! but some some seem so keen on it. i like bitter greens but that stuff is impossible, and raw? eeesh.

                  2. We grilled oysters last weekend (http://thegarumfactory.net/2013/07/19...) and followed with Suzanne Goin's grilled halibut nicoise and (recipe in this story: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/st...), and then her raspberries gratin.

                    1. This is an alternative... I have been wanting to make this but haven't yet. Bo Ssam - David Chang

                      It instantly popped into my head when you said oysters..

                      http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/15/mag...

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                      1. re: sparky403

                        That looks amazing... and I do have all of the ingredients. Plus a Korean grocery nearby with an awesome banchan bar.

                        Just when I thought I had decided :)

                        1. re: NaFLa

                          Sorry to throw a wrench in it- I would be great though....

                          be sure to google... this sounds like one of those "that which is simple is not easy" type of recipes.

                          I have been procrastinating on making it myself.... so going to get too it soon.

                          Let us know how it works out... and most of all have fun.

                          1. re: sparky403

                            i've made this. it's simple and excellent.

                            1. re: sparky403

                              Yea, this is definitely happening, possibly with milk bar's Chocolate Chip-Marshmallow Cookies for dessert (been looking for an excuse to make them).

                              Excited!

                              1. re: NaFLa

                                I hope you and guest have a wonderful time

                              2. re: sparky403

                                It really is quite simple and easy. Here's a link to another discussion of the dish with feedback from several 'hounds:

                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/754632

                                1. re: MGZ

                                  MGZ! i was starting to worry about you..havent seen you.

                                  1. re: girloftheworld

                                    I'm around, girl, and I appreciate the concern. I've had to spend a bit of time getting my body square after the thirty years of fun, frolic, and foolishness to which my brain subjected it. Sometimes, you gotta show the man your ticket before you can continue the ride.

                                    As to the OP, should you stick to one of your original ideas, I submit that a plate of raw or steamed oysters followed by a juicy grilled steak is the kinda dinner for which Summer exists. I could choke down a raw kale salad in order to get the rest of the meal, but I'd be much happier if you grilled some corn and maybe put out a platter of sliced tomatoes with torn basil leaves? A little olive oil works on each of the sides and the whole thing is pretty low fuss and mess.

                                  2. re: MGZ

                                    I've read quite a few of the threads etc.... I am pretty sure I could pull it off though it might no be perfect.