Recipe of the Week


Prep Time: 1 Hour
Yields: 6 Servings

Marie Laveau was the voodoo queen of Bourbon Street. Legend has it that the pirate Jean Lafitte often met Marie at the Old Absinthe House late in the evening where they enjoyed oysters on the half shell while trading secrets of Barataria Bay.

Ingredients for Oysters:
3 dozen select oysters, reserve liquid
3 tbsps butter
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp chopped parsley
½ ounce Pernod or Herbsaint

In a heavy-bottomed sauté pan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Stir in garlic and parsley and sauté 2 minutes. Add oysters and cook until edges begin to curl, but do not overcook. Deglaze with Pernod and cook 1 minute. Remove oysters, reduce liquid to half volume and reserve for sauce.

Ingredients for Sauce:
¼ pound butter
½ cup diced onions
¼ cup diced celery
2 tbsps minced garlic
¼ cup sliced green onions
½ cup white crabmeat
OR ½ cup chopped cooked shrimp
2½ tbsps flour
3 cups heavy whipping cream
reserved cooked liquid from oysters (from above)
reserved oyster liquid
⅛ tsp nutmeg
¼ cup diced red bell peppers
¼ cup diced yellow bell peppers
salt and cracked black pepper to taste
granulated garlic to taste
Parmesan cheese for topping

Preheat oven to 375°F. In a 1-quart heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add onions, celery, minced garlic and green onions and sauté 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add crabmeat or shrimp and sauté 1 minute. Whisk in flour until a white roux is achieved then whisk in cream and wine. Bring to a low boil, stirring constantly as mixture thickens. Pour in cooked liquid from oysters and reserved oyster liquid. Reduce heat to simmer and cook 10–15 minutes, adding hot water if sauce becomes too thick. Add nutmeg and bell peppers then season with salt, pepper and granulated garlic. Place 6 oysters in each au gratin dish, top with a generous serving of sauce and bake until bubbly. If desired, sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top prior to baking. Serve in patty shells.


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