- Yield: 4 servings
Fried Oysters On the Half-Shell
Recipe courtesy of Stewart Redhead, Executive Chef, New Orleans Country Club, New Orleans, La.
- For Oysters
- oysters - 2 dozen, fresh shucked
- goat cheese bacon grits - 2 1/2 cups, see recipe as needed
- egg - 1
- milk - 2 ozs.
- corn flour - for dredging
- Hollandaise sauce - see recipe as needed
- green onions - for garnish
- parsley - for garnish
- rock salt - for garnish
- For Goat Cheese and Bacon Grits
- whole milk - 1 1/2 cups
- water - 1 cup
- white stone ground grits - 3/4 cup
- butter - 3 Tbsps.
- salt - to taste
- black pepper - to taste
- goat cheese - 1/2 cup
- bacon - 1/2 cup, chopped, cooked
- For Hollandaise Sauce
- egg yolks - 4
- clarified butter - 1 cup
- lemon juice - 2 lemons
- Tabasco sauce - 2 dashes
- Worcestershire sauce - 1 dash
- salt - to taste
- cayenne pepper - pinch
For Fried Oysters
- Remove oysters from the shells and hold for frying.
- Fill oyster shells with 2 Tbsps. of goat cheese bacon grits and place on a sheet pan. Back at 350°F for 7 minutes. Turn off the oven and leave the oysters in it.
- Combine the egg and milk and drop the oysters in this egg wash, then dredge through the corn flour.
- Fry at 350°F for about 2 minutes, or until corn flour is crispy.
- Remove oyster shells from the oven and place 6 on each plate with rock salt. Put 1 oyster on top of the grits in each oyster shell and sauce it with Hollandaise sauce.
- Garnish with chopped green onions and parsley.
For Goat Cheese Bacon Grits
- Bring milk and water to a boil. Add grits and simmer on low heat for 30 to 45 minutes, until grits are tender.
- Add butter, salt, pepper, goat cheese and bacon; cover and simmer on lowest heat setting for 5 minutes.
- Adjsut seasoning to your liking and hold for service.
For Hollandaise Sauce
- In a metal bowl, whisk the egg yolks until te color lightens and you can see strings of egg yolk. Slowly whisk in warm clarified butter.
- Add lemon juice, Tobasco, Worcestershire, salt and cayenne. Adjsut seasoning to taste and hold in warm area until service.