The Taste of an Oyster
The Taste of an Oyster. This is something that I have loved for a long time. I don’t actually remember eating my first oyster but I would have just sucked it up and went for like so many other things I have done in life.
I can’t imagine the first brave man (or woman) to have plucked one of these out of the ocean. Fought to have unlocked that almost impossible shell to reveal the little slimy creature and actually swallow it down. I think everyone has some of that same sensation when they try their first oyster, oh to be so adventuresome!!! And then to come rushing back for more and more.
The French Poet Leon-Paul Fargue said it was “like kissing the sea on the lips”. How else do you describe the taste of an oyster??? Many have dressed them, baked them and smoked them. I love the clean fresh taste of a sweet oyster with a simple mignonette sauce or the squirt of a lemon with a touch of heat from the hot sauce.
This is something that brings you from childhood to adulthood quickly. Even Amber had a hard time with her first oyster but now would have done the platter in if she was with us. It is a texture thing and there is an art to eating them.
From the sauces to the right angle of the head as the oyster is brought up to the mouth, to drinking the liquor and swallowing the oyster. It is a time-honored ritual that has been passed down by generations. Oh, the sensual joy they can bring!!
- Mignonette Sauce
- 1/4 cup sherry vinegar
- 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
- fresh ground black pepper
- Small shallot, minced
- 6 oysters
- Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Shuck oysters carefully making sure none of the shell gets in.
- Lay the oysters on a platter covered with Kosher salt and serve immediately with the Mignonette sauce, hot sauce and lemon wedges. Enjoy!!
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 31Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 76mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g