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The working class in the 19th century widely consumed oysters. Eventually, the oyster beds began to dry as the demands increased and consequently the prices began to rise. The oysters can be best served raw, steamed, fried and grilled even !!


Ostiones Gratinados

He was a bold man that first ate an oyster!!               – Jonathan Swift

 

Oysters few years earlier were a common dish but due to the scarcity and increasing demand have now become a high-end food. The delicacy is awesome, but wash the oysters well and cook perfectly before consumption. The oysters de-shelled and oyster juice separated to use it instead of salt is a lovely way to cook. Experiencing the flavors of oysters cooked and served with cheese and the flavors of nutmeg is just yummy!!

 

Recipe – Ostiones Gratinados

Serves: 2

15 minutes for preparation, 25 minutes for cooking

Ingredients:

  • 2 large or 4 medium oysters (reserve shells)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • Pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped leeks
  • 1 tbsp medium Cream
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup grated Manchego cheese
  • Finely chopped parsley for garnish

Method:

  1. De-shell the oysters carefully and save the oyster juice apart.
  2. Place oysters  in a pan with 1 tbsp butter, let it cook for 10 min over medium heat until cooked.
  3. Add leeks and leave for 1 min more and set aside.
  4. In another pan add the remaining butter and the flour. Let it turn to golden color mixing constantly to avoid lumps.
  5. Add the juice from the oysters slowly to form a light paste.
  6. Now, slowly add the milk until consistency thick, add pepper and nutmeg , cream and oysters that were cooked. Let cook for 1 minute. Let set for 2 minutes.
  7. In the shells of oysters placed a small potion in each, sprinkle Manchego cheese and bring to broil in the oven for 5 min.
  8. Decorate with a little finely chopped parsley on top of the shell.

 

Recipe By: Veronica

Image By: Veronica

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