St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and for most people, eating oysters isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. While we have no idea whether or not an oyster pairing with green beer will go well, we do know that they’re great to enjoy any time of the year.
Oysters are actually a traditional Irish food and a staple of the country’s cuisine. So, St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect time to enjoy the delicacy while celebrating the Emerald Isle. As well, oysters go great with dark Irish Stouts. Their briny flavors will compliment the rich malty taste of a stout, allowing you to create a delicious and festive meal.
Here are a few oyster recipes we recommend trying this St. Patrick’s Day:
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Shuck 12 White Stone Oysters and place them in a baking dish. Drizzle each oyster with a tablespoon of Guinness stout then sprinkle with a pinch of breadcrumbs and a pinch of Parmesan cheese. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the oysters are heard through and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
Oyster stew has historically Irish roots. So, this recipe is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. To make it, saute 1 diced onion and 1 minced garlic clove in 3 tablespoons of butter until softened. Add 1 quart of heavy cream and 1 pint of Wandering Waders Shucked Oysters with their liquor to the post. Simmer until the oysters are just cooked through, about 5-7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then serve hot with crust bread on the side.
Preheat your grill to high. Shuck 12 oysters and place them on a baking sheet. In a small bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce, 2 tablespoons of ketchup, and 1 teaspoon of Tabasco sauce. Spoon the sauce over each oyster, then sprinkle with a pinch of bacon bits. Grill for 5-7 minutes until the bacon, is crisp and the oysters are cooked through.
Oyster and Potato Pie:
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Boil 1 pound of peeled and diced potatoes until soft, then mash them with ½ cup of milk and 2 tablespoons of butter. In a separate pan, saute 1 diced onion and 1 minced garlic clove in 2 tablespoons of butter until softened. Add 2 dozed-shucked White Stone Oysters (with their liquor) and cook for 2-3 minutes until the edges of the oysters begin to curl. Transfer the oyster mixture to a deep baking dish and spoon the mashed potatoes on top, spreading them evenly to cover the oysters. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the potatoes are golden brown and the filling is hot and bubbly.
No matter which you choose, these recipes showcase the versatility of how the Irish prepare their oysters and how oysters can be used in a variety of dishes. Whether baked, raw, or in a hearty stew, Irish oysters are sure to impress and delight any seafood enthusiast.