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What the heck do I do with smoked oysters?!

punkgrrl25 Feb 26, 2014 08:56 PM

My mother in law was staying with us over the holidays and after she left I discovered that I am now the proud owner of a can of smoked oysters. For Christmas Eve she put them out in a bowl with crackers. I was definitely grossed out when I tried them like that, can anyone offer any other ideas as to what to do with them?

Thanks!

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    GH1618 Feb 26, 2014 09:26 PM

    I make a dip with cream cheese thinned with milk or half-and-half, white onion, smoked oysters (remove the oil), and L&P worcestershire sauce. Garlic optional.

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      Red Oakley Feb 26, 2014 10:49 PM

      Maybe it was the crackers you didn't like? I think smoked oysters, straight from the tin on the end of a fork, are to die for!

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        Taralli Feb 27, 2014 08:44 AM

        I so concur. I drain the oil &, straight into the tin, add a good squeeze of fresh lemon & a liberal dash of hot sauce. I am never w/o smoked oysters at my place.

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          JMF Feb 27, 2014 11:25 AM

          Dipping bread in the oil is one of the best parts.

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            Raffles Feb 27, 2014 03:22 PM

            Always dipped the Ritz crackers in the oil, and sardines too...

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        Joebob Feb 26, 2014 11:59 PM

        They are nice in a salad.

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          FoodPopulist Feb 27, 2014 12:19 AM

          I just eat it over rice. It's a quick meal for a Friday during Lent.

          1. Paprikaboy Feb 27, 2014 12:57 AM

            My first thought was put them in a beef pie. Oysters were often put in pies when they were cheap to bulk out the ingredients. I had them in a steak and kidney pudding recently and they were really good.

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              ChiliDude Feb 27, 2014 04:27 AM

              Sorry but I am of no help at all since I eat them straight out of the can.

              1. hotoynoodle Feb 27, 2014 05:43 AM

                then my suggestion of an oyster omelet will gross you right out. :0

                http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

                1. JMF Feb 27, 2014 05:51 AM

                  I'm one of those that eats them from the can, with slices of really good artisanal pumpernickel or rich black German or Russian bread.

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                    JTPhilly Feb 27, 2014 08:26 AM

                    they are at once gross and yummy at the same time - which is sort of what makes them awesome

                    a cream cheese dip or smoked oyster stuffing are traditional ways to use them

                    I like to make pasta sauces out of nasty tinned sea creatures - umami all the way - usually just incorporate in to a aglio-olio style dressing but can go in cream or tomato sauce too (yes, its trashy I know)

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                      Dirtywextraolives Feb 27, 2014 08:30 AM

                      Plus one for a cream cheese & mayo based dip with bacon, really tasty.

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                        ratgirlagogo Feb 27, 2014 10:26 AM

                        I like them on pasta with aglio-olio dressing too - a great quick late night meal.

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                          Frizzle Feb 27, 2014 03:19 PM

                          A friend of mine puréed them and added them to a red meatball sauce. Serious umami hit with none of the texture issues of having them whole.

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                          dhaven Feb 27, 2014 08:45 AM

                          There is a very retro way to use these, probably from the 40s or 50s. Slice a cherry tomato from the bloom end almost to the stem end. Pry open slightly, put a smoked oyster in the tomato, and top with a piped swirl of cream cheese (or just a smear) if desired. A little fresh dill sprig on top is sometimes added.

                          1. Berheenia Feb 27, 2014 10:54 AM

                            We used to love them on buttered crackers until we ate one too many and never felt like looking at another can of them.

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                              Puffin3 Feb 27, 2014 11:06 AM

                              I drain them and into a little bowl. Add a few drops of ponzu and lemon juice.

                            2. MamasCooking Feb 27, 2014 04:09 PM

                              I have never been able to get past pouncing into them as soon as the tin is opened. A smoked oyster recipe? Novel idea:)

                              1. thymetobake Feb 27, 2014 04:39 PM

                                Oysters are often an ingredient in gumbo. I've never used them but I often use oyster sauce. I don't live where I can get fresh ones - anymore. I've never tried the canned/smoked. Are they very fishy tasting? They'd probably make a great addition to any kind of gumbo. I often use the oyster sauce in chicken gumbo.

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                                  JMF Feb 27, 2014 08:02 PM

                                  I would think that the texture would be pretty gross in gumbo.

                                2. daislander Feb 27, 2014 08:06 PM

                                  Its all about the Oyster! Oceans brand meh, if your drinking a bunch of beer and you want to pound back can... but def on the nastier metallic side. The best Ive tried are StJeans and there not packed in oil just there own nectar and they are freaking amazing. Not all oysters are the same.

                                  1. Ttrockwood Feb 27, 2014 08:40 PM

                                    Since they are canned just save them for next year's christmas eve.....!

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                                      roro808 Feb 28, 2014 01:04 AM

                                      Oyster omelet is good... mix with chopped green onion. If the size gross you out, cut it into small pieces. Also for a zing, add chopped fresh chilli pepper... and it's yummy!

                                      1. hill food Feb 28, 2014 01:29 AM

                                        lots of good ideas (especially in dressing/stuffing), but one has to admit they ARE an acquired taste.

                                        maybe a variation on rumaki instead of liver.
                                        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rumaki

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                                          tcamp Feb 28, 2014 09:21 AM

                                          That is a great idea!

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                                          AngelaID Feb 28, 2014 08:53 AM

                                          Love smoked oysters with buttered saltines. I also use them, along with fresh (sauteed), to make oyster stuffing.

                                          1. shaogo Feb 28, 2014 09:15 AM

                                            Whip one cup of heavy/whipping cream until it forms stiff peaks (without breaking). Do not sweeten. Fold in 2 tbs of Dijon mustard, add cracked pepper. Top the smoked oysters with this mixture and serve by themselves, on lettuce leaves or on crackers...

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                                              cleopatra999 Feb 28, 2014 12:28 PM

                                              super easy, although may not change you being grossed out by them.
                                              Cracker, cream cheese, oyster, siracha, chives (optional)

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                                                MamasCooking Feb 28, 2014 03:01 PM

                                                If I can ever get past opening the tin and scarfing them all down I would love to try then that way. Cream cheese and chives with a crispy cracker and a smoked oyster sounds divine to me especially with a cold glass of sparkling wine or two.

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                                                Jeanne Mar 1, 2014 08:43 PM

                                                All of these are really good ideas. But have to agree with guy you said topped on a salad - they're great on a good mixed vegie/lettuce salad! Have been eating that since I was a teenager!

                                                1. alkapal Mar 1, 2014 10:43 PM

                                                  whole thread on topic, and this was my post: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4297...

                                                  This recipe has a mysterious, non-"oystery" savory flavor, Delicious!

                                                  Smoked Oyster Cream Cheese Roll

                                                  16 ounces cream cheese
                                                  2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
                                                  1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
                                                  1/2 small onion, grated
                                                  3 tablespoons mayonnaise
                                                  ⅛ teaspoon salt (or to taste).
                                                  2 cans smoked oysters, well drained and finely chopped
                                                  ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped

                                                  directions at link.

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                                                    jdub1371 Mar 2, 2014 12:59 PM

                                                    In _Real Fast Food_, NIgel Slater offers a recipe for what he calls a "savory": a can each of smoked oysters and sardines (both drained), a little butter, lemon, and cayenne. Mash together, spread on toast and stick under the broiler until it bubbles a bit.

                                                    I've made this -- it's really delicious, and a nice tidbit to have in the afternoon with a cocktail or a cup of tea.

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                                                      Puffin3 Mar 10, 2014 04:13 AM

                                                      Never had a canned smoked oyster that wasn't crapy or REALLY crapy.
                                                      If your down to the last thing in the house to eat after a four day power outage open the can, dump it into a small bowl, pour some light soy over it and find something with crunch to eat them with, then quickly go brush your teeth and wash your hands. Other wise give the can away to some one about to have a party.

                                                    2. punkgrrl25 Mar 14, 2014 02:08 PM

                                                      Wow, thanks for all of the replies on the subject! I think perhaps I will have to start out with a dip of some kind, that seems like something I can chop them up into smaller pieces and not take the full brunt of a mouthful of smoked oyster!

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                                                        Veggo Mar 14, 2014 02:32 PM

                                                        I made a few batches of dip with smoked oysters, but I upgraded to poached Willapoint shucked oysters and never looked back.

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                                                          alkapal Mar 14, 2014 06:22 PM

                                                          well…yeah…upgrade to poached willapoint oysters….different world, my firend.

                                                          my smoked dip/spread is the way to go with the babies in hand, though ;-).

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                                                          daislander Mar 17, 2014 08:56 PM

                                                          at least eat it with a cracker. I just like a soda cracker (premium plus). Then if your not used to the texture you won't be grossed out. But remember all oysters are not the same.

                                                        3. Chinon00 Mar 14, 2014 02:12 PM

                                                          Gumbo

                                                          1. iL Divo Mar 14, 2014 02:15 PM

                                                            tooth pick stab:
                                                            green olive then oyster then same size piece cucumber

                                                            one bite appy

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                                                              iL Divo Mar 15, 2014 01:53 PM

                                                              you know how they say oysters are an aphrodisiac?
                                                              not sure that's true but I love them just outta the can or on a relish platter of vegs,variety of cheeses, pickles, olives and great crackers.

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