Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Oysters And Softshells.

I'm sure all of you out there are sitting around musing, "I wonder what the Hawthornes are having for dinner."
Wait no more!
We're still chiseling into our 4th bushel of oysters. Mr. Hawthorne shucked more oysters for frying. Whenever you shuck oysters, let them sit in their likker until you're ready to batter and fry. When you batter them, fry immediately. Don't let them sit around soaking in the batter
Mr. Hawthorne pulled out a few soft shells too. Soft shells are not in season now, but when they are, we stock up. We get the peelers in the spring, clean them well, individually wrap them, and freeze until whenever.
The crabbies went into seasoned flour, then an egg bath, then back into the flour. The oysters went into the flour. No egg. Flour-egg-flour and oysters would make for a sad soggy, pasty piece of oyster.
Into hot oil for a couple of minutes.
Drain on paper towels.
Oysters in the hot oil for about a minute.
Drain on paper towels.
Mr. Hawthorne served the oysters and soft shells on top of a salad with his homemade dressing. The Hawthornes have no bottled dressings or chemical packets of dressings in their pantry. There's no substitute for homemade. Mr. Hawthorne's Basic Ranch Dressing 1/3 cup sour cream 1/3 cup mayonnaise 1/3 cup buttermilk 1 tsp onion powder 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp oregano sprinkling of fresh thyme and basil freshly ground salt and pepper to taste For Blue Cheese dressing, just crumble in your favorite blue cheese.
Accompaniments for the fried fare were homemade tartar sauce, Rosie's Mango Habanero Pineapple Salsa, and Rosie's Pig Shack Sauce AKA Boar & Castle sauce.
Thank you, Mr. Hawthorne, for a lovely repast.


Dogmama13 said...

If I do the dishes, may I come to a fried oyster dinner please? Oh, my goodness, you slay me every time you post your seafood frys. I have got to get over my So Cali fear of shucking oysters. You guys Rock! Barbara

Rosie Hawthorne said...

Come on over, Dogmama. And you don't even have to do the dishes.

Dogmama13 said...

Thanks! I'd have to go across country but one never knows. Cheers, Barbara

dle said...

OOOHHHH I just love it when you do your seafood posts!!! Except I drool on the keyboard..Glad you are mobile again...

zzzadig said...

Yes, you guessed it.......I still hate you. Ptbtttttbth!

Rosie Hawthorne said...

I love you too, Zzzadig.