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Irish Oyster Recipes
Contributed by Hartson Dowd

In honour of the annual Oyster Festivals in Galway, our Irish Kitchen offers tempting recipes contributed by our resident recipe collector, Hartson Dowd. We like our oysters raw on the half-shell with a dash of lemon and hot sauce - but we are equally as fond of these tender mollusks fried, sautéed, or simmered in stews.
Photo Credit: Old Recipe Book

An Oyster "Souvenir" from Sketrick Island

Oysters and Breading
20 medium oysters
1 cup bread crumbs
1 tablespoon mint, fresh, chopped
1 tablespoon thyme, fresh, chopped
1 tablespoon marjoram, fresh, chopped
1 tablespoon oregano, fresh, chopped
1 tablespoon shallots, fresh, chopped
1 tablespoon parsley, fresh, chopped
2 tablespoons flour
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil

Shuck the oysters and remove from their shells. Drain in a strainer set over a bowl.
Mix the breadcrumbs together with the spices, and salt and pepper (to taste). Place this mixture in a shallow dish.
Whip the eggs and place in another shallow dish.
Heat the butter and olive oil in a pan, on medium heat. Olive oil and butter tend to burn easily, so be careful not to have the heat too high.
Dip the oysters one by one in the flour. Dip into the beaten eggs. Dredge each oyster in the breadcrumb mixture and place in the pan of heated oil and butter.
Cook the oysters over medium heat until crisp and golden brown on one side. Turn and cook on other side.
Meanwhile, toss some salad greens in a little dressing, Put a fistful of salad on each plate with four or five crisp sizzling oysters on top. Sprinkle with some snipped parsley and serve immediately.

Lemon Oil Dressing is a nice addition to the Salad Greens:
1 large shallot, minced
1 tablespoon orange juice>br> 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons wine or champagne vinegar
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Grated zest of 1/2 lemon
Grated zest of 1/2 orange

Put the minced shallot into a bowl and add the orange and lemon juices. Season well. Whisk together all the remaining ingredients for the dressing and add to the shallots. Serves: 4

Hangtown Fry

8 Oysters
4 slices bacon cut in 1-inch pieces
2 oz. flour, + 1 oz. cup of bread crumbs-combined
Beat 8 eggs
1/3 teaspoon salt
Dash of pepper

Fry bacon until crisp. Remove from pan. Drain Oysters and roll in flour crumb mixture. Fry in bacon fat over moderate heat; cook two minutes each side. Place bacon pieces over oysters and cover with beaten egg mixture. Lift Oysters to let egg mixture flow to bottom of the pan. Cover pan and fry over low heat until eggs are cooked.
Serve hot, with parsley and lemon wedge.
Serves 3 to 4.

Potato Crusted Oysters
(Crisp and crunchy - these oysters are a delight)


6 large oysters
1 egg
1 Tablespoon water
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup instant mashed potato flakes
4 Tablespoon butter
Carefully shuck the oysters, remove the meat, and discard the upper shells. Reserve the lower shells with their cup-shaped indentations. Pat the oysters dry on paper towels.
Beat together the egg and the water. Dredge the oysters first in the flour, then in the egg mixture, and finally in the potato flakes. In a nonstick saute pan, heat the butter until it is sizzling. Quickly add the oysters and brown them first on one side, then the other. Remove them from the pan, and place them on a paper towel for a moment. Transfer the oysters to their shells and serve immediately.

Steaming Oyster Stew


8 fluid oz. milk
1 pint light cream
8 oysters
2 tablespoons butter
Dash cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to taste

Heat milk and cream together until film shimmers over surface. Do Not Boil.
Drain Oysters. Add Oysters (sliced if you prefer), and butter to hot milk and cream mixture. Heat, but do not boil, for five minutes more.
Add seasonings and serve at once.
Serves 5 to 7.

Pan-fried Oysters in Corn Flour

6 Oysters
4 oz. corn flour
2 eggs, beaten with 1 teaspoon water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil or cooking oil

Drain Oysters.
Dip prepared Oysters in egg, then in corn flour, coating thoroughly.
Set aside to dry.
Heat oil or fat in frying pan to 370 degrees Fahrenheit (or until quite hot).
Fry Oysters until golden brown on one side, then turn carefully to brown the other side (about 4 minutes on each side).
Serve immediately. Serves 3 to 5.

Mixed Oyster Grill - for the Barbecue

10 - 12 Oysters
2 fluid oz. red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons minced shallots
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme (optional)
16 oz. mixed vegetable (sweet peppers, onions & zucchini)
Salt and ground pepper to taste

Heat grill.
Rinse Oysters very well; drain and pat dry.
In a shallow baking dish combine next five ingredients.
Marinate Oysters in vinegar mixture for 10 minutes.
Skewer vegetables for grilling (skewer like vegetables together for even cooking).
Brush vegetables with oil; season with salt and pepper and grill until tender.
When vegetables are almost done, skewer Oysters lengthwise for grilling.
Cook Oysters on grill for 4 minutes. Turn Oysters and cook 4 minutes more, or until oysters are firm when touched. Serve immediately on a bed of grilled vegetables. Makes 4 servings.

Sauteed Oyster and Spinach Salad


10 - 12 Oysters
4 slices bacon
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
3 teaspoons Dijon mustard
5 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon bacon drippings
8 0z. cleaned and torn spinach leaves, loosely packed
small onion, chopped finely
Ground pepper to taste
8 slices French bread, rubbed with garlic and toasted

Rinse oysters very well; drain and pat dry.
Cut bacon into 1-inch dice; saut? until crisp. Drain bacon on paper towel.Pour off bacon drippings and reserve; remove pan from heat.
Whisk together vinegar, mustard, oil and 2 teaspoons bacon drippings for dressing; set aside.
Return pan to heat; add 1 teaspoon bacon drippings and Oysters.
Saute 8 minutes, or until Oysters are golden brown and firm to the touch.
Place Oysters on a bed of spinach and green onions.
Serve dressed with vinaigrette, saut?ed bacon, ground black pepper and garlic toast. Makes 4 servings.

Oyster Linguine with Carrots and Zucchini


10 - 12 Oysters
8 ounces of dry, uncooked linguine
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
2 oz. julienne carrots
2 oz. julienne zucchini
medium glass dry white wine
4 teaspoons fresh chopped parsley
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
Salt and ground pepper to taste

Rinse Oysters very well; drain and pat dry.
Bring water to a boil for pasta; cook according to package directions.
In a large skillet, heat oil; saute garlic until lightly browned.
Add Oysters, carrots and zucchini; saut? 8 minutes or until Oysters are golden brown and firm to the touch.
Add wine and remaining ingredients; simmer two minutes. Serve immediately over cooked pasta. Makes 4 servings.

Oyster Stuffing
(for a 12-pound bird)


16 oz. bread crumbs
2 oz. melted butter
3 oz. finely diced celery
medium finely diced onion
1 egg well beaten
Salt and Pepper to taste
8 Oysters

Saute celery and onion lightly in butter. Cut each Oyster into 1/2 - inch pieces. Mix all ingredients thoroughly. Stull fowl, and roast.

Deviled Oysters

12 well-cleaned oysters with deep shells
Cayenne pepper to taste
2 hard-boiled egg yolks
2 raw egg yolks
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon melted butter
Salt to taste
2 tablespoons toasted bread crumbs
12 sprigs fresh thyme
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (f). Place one oyster in each shell and sprinkle with cayenne. In small bowl, mash hard-boiled yolks. Mix in raw yolks, lemon juice, butter, and salt. Spoon mixture over oysters, then cover with bread crumbs. Bake on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, or until bread crumbs are toasted. Garnish with thyme.

Oyster Casserole


1 pt Stewing oysters
1/4 c Butter
Salt; to taste Pepper; to taste
Cracker crumbs
1 Egg; beaten

Preheat oven to 350 degree (f) Butter casserole dish. Layer casserole with half the oysters, dot with butter. Season with salt & pepper; sprinkle with crumbs. Repeat; pour egg over all. Bake 30 minutes or until done. Makes 4 servings.

Oyster Loaves

3 small loaves french bread
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons melted butter
3 dozen fresh oysters
2 tablespoons melted butter

First, almost split the loaves lengthwise, leaving a hinge. Scoop out the soft middle and save the crumbs. Then add a 1/2 tsp of garlic powder (not salt) to 2 tablespoons melted butter, and brush the cavities. Next, drain the oysters and save the liquid. Saute them in the rest of the butter till the edges curl (about 5 minutes). Put the oysters into the loaves, mix the crumbs you saved with the oyster liquid you saved, and add them, too. Shut up the loaves now. Then wrap them in cheesecloth dipped in milk, twisting the ends and tucking them under the loaf. Bake them on a baking sheet for half an hour at 350 degrees. Cut them in half before you serve them.

Fried Oysters Wrapped in Bacon

1 dozen fresh, shucked oysters (in a small bowl)
2 eggs beaten
1/4 cup oyster liquor
1 bay leaf
1 cup bread crumbs
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 cups oil (for frying)
4 slices bacon (1/2 oz each) lean
12 Toothpicks
1/2 cup unbleached white flour

In a 1 quart saucepan, on a medium flame, poach oysters in oyster liquor with bay leaf and Worcestershire (about 2 minutes, until the edges of the oysters curl).
Remove oysters from liquor and set aside. Discard liquor. Cut bacon strips in thirds. Wrap each oyster with bacon and fasten with a toothpick.
Roll in flour, dip in eggs, and then roll in bread crumbs. Heat oil in a 9 inch skillet. When oil smokes, reduce heat and fry oysters for 5 minutes. Drain on paper bag and serve immediately. Serves 2.


Sat, Aug 27, 2016

"...the freshest of food and
the oldest of drink"
- Irish Proverb

Darina Allen has reissued "A Simply Delicious Christmas". It's a chatty cookbook, annotated with brief childhood tales of making the pudding and suggestions for how best to enjoy the food. But it's also filled with smart tips, such as a guide to the recipes indicating how long before the holidays each dish can be prepared, and suggestions for edible gifts, from truffles to jams. The range of recipes is impressive, with alternate versions of several recipes provided to accommodate fussier eaters. All the traditional favorites are here, along with many new ideas for fabulous holiday entertaining.
Review by Deirdre McFadden.
Click here for Delicious Christmas

Celtic Folklore and Cooking
by Joanne Asala

Feast days, festivals, and informal gatherings all have something in common--food. But choosing the right food for the occasion can be difficult. Celtic Folklore Cooking takes the guesswork out of planning a feast, with plenty of sumptuous ideas for an entire meal, from soup to dessert and even drinks. Joanne Asala gathers generations-old recipes from Wales, Cornwall, Scotland, Ireland, and England, associates them with appropriate festivals and times of the year, then sprinkles a dash of folklore between them. Perhaps you would like to learn the 400-year-old "Song of Harvest Home" while making Marigold Buns? Celtic Folklore Cooking is like having centuries of Celtic tradition in your kitchen, and it will help you find just the right flavor for your festivities. Review by Brian Patterson
Click here for Folklore & Cooking.

The New Irish Table
by Margaret Johnson

Margaret Johnson’s love of Ireland permeates page after glorious page of mouthwatering Irish dishes, from Smoked Salmon Chowder to Raspberry Buttermilk Tarts. Lavish color photographs of the food, the landscapes, and the people are woven through the text, making The New Irish Table the next best thing to sitting down to dinner in Ireland itself.
Click here for New Irish Table.

With simple ingredients and easy to follow instructions, these recipes will help the home chef create a rich, plentiful feast! Among the 200 recipes are classics like Irish Stew, as well as Mince Pie, which Oliver Cromwell unsuccessfully attempted to ban because of its then-religious Irish shape. Each of the eleven chapters that puts the food into its context - whether its prepared for a celebration, to welcome guests - or even to seduce! Info' from back cover.
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