Enjoy the Holidays with Fresh Oysters
The holidays are a wonderful time to gather around the table with friends and family, but after a few hardy turkey dinners, all of the traditional food can grow tiring. Oysters are a great option for a simple, fresh holiday meal.
The team at Farm-2-Market has broken down a few great reasons to opt for an oyster dinner this holiday season, along with one of our delicious oyster recipes.
Quick and easy preparation
Oysters can be served fresh by simply shucking them and laying out a few toppings such as a mignonette sauce and a few lemon wedges. This is a simple way to satisfy a large group of people without spending all day in the kitchen.
A lighter option
With all of the turkey dinners and holiday treats abound, people often find themselves craving a fresh, light meal during the holidays. Oysters can be served fresh on the half shell or prepared as a more complex dish for a filling meal. Additionally, seafood markets offer a range of unique oyster options worth indulging in all year long, from meaty Sunset Beach oysters to flavorful Olympia oysters.
A fresh oyster salad recipe
What you’ll need:
- 30 Pacific Northwest Oysters (scrubbed)
- 3 carrots, peeled and cut into thin rounds
- 1 head curly endive
- ½ cup extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Juice of 2 limes
- 2 Tbsp minced parsley
- sea salt and freshly ground pepper
- Preheat broiler
- Place the oysters deep shell side down, on a sheet of aluminum foil on a baking sheet until the shells open, approximately 2 to 4 minutes.
- Remove the oysters from the shells over a bowl, saving the excess liquid. Hold Oysters in the refrigerator.
- Boil water and place the carrots in for 25 seconds. Remove the carrots and place them on a paper towel to dry.
- Wash the endive and discard the outer leaves. Tear the leaves into small pieces and dry them on a paper towel.
- For the dressing, whisk olive oil, lemon juice, lime juice, parsley, salt, and pepper.
- Strain the excess juice from the oysters and add it to the dressing.
- Toss the endive leaves in a bowl with enough dressing to moisten them, reserving some of the dressing for the oysters.
- Divide the salad into 6 portions.
- Sprinkle carrot rounds on endive leaves.
- Dip each oyster in the remaining dressing and divide them between salad portions.
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