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The ideal oyster stew has a slightly thick broth and complex flavors from plump, tender oysters and simple seasonings. It's also well-suited for entertaining, as an appetizer with biscuits, a first course, or a light entree.
See the following slides for chef Scott Peacock's recipe and step-by-step instructions for bringing out the best in this traditional, delicately rich seasonal favorite.
"Slowly pour in the liquid, whisking vigorously to prevent lumps from forming," says Scott.
"Careful seasoning at every step brings out the individual flavors in this deceptively simple stew," says Scott.
"Cook the oysters only until the gills begin to open and the edges curl," says Scott. "Overcooking them will make them tough."
"The distinct flavors shine through when ingredients are cooked separately before combining," says Scott.
"Once the oyster liquor is added, sprinkle in the cayenne, stir, then cover and let rest to allow flavors to develop," says Scott. "Carefully taste just before serving. Adjust the seasoning, if needed."