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Oysters in Muscat

Source: The Heritage of French Cooking
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Active Time:  10 Minutes
Total Time:  25 Minutes
  Serves 4
Oysters are always part of the fare for feast days and celebrations. They are an absolute must for midnight supper on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.
24 large oysters (flat yellow belons or green speciales for preference)
1 shallot, minced
3 pinches freshly ground black pepper
2/3 cup Beaumes de Venise muscat (see note below)
1 tablespoon finely snipped chives
1/3 cup thick creme fraiche
2 tablespoons butter
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Open the oysters and pull away the flat shells. Put the oysters into a strainer and let them drain over a bowl for 15 minutes.

Shuck the oysters, reserving their liquor. Strain all the liquor into a 9 1/2 inch nonstick saute pan. Add the shallot and pepper and bring to a boil. Add the wine and creme fraiche and as soon as it returns to a boil, put in the oysters. Simmer for 10 seconds, then turn over and simmer for another 5 seconds. Remove them with a skimmer and divide among 4 warmed plates.

Boil the sauce to reduce by half, and whisk in the butter. Strain the sauce over the oysters. Sprinkle on the chives and serve at once. Add pepper before eating. Accompany with wholemeal toast and sweet (unsalted) butter.

NOTE: The Beaumes de Venise muscat, an excellent liqueur wine, may be replaced by Rivesaltes muscat or by Sauternes.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Russell. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 4
Calories: 446
Fat. Total: 19g
Protein: 39g
Carbohydrates, Total: 22g
Sodium: 438mg
% Cal. from Fat: 38%
Cholesterol: 224mg
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