Comfort food is relished and appreciated based on tradition and memory. Macaroni and cheese, shrimp and grits, gumbo, and chili are classic comfort foods (among many) that have survived time and countless recipe variations. I celebrate these classics as well, but for me, baked oysters and apples is becoming a new fall favorite. Apples are in season and oysters, particularly Chesapeake Bay oysters, are a bargain (less than $6.00 a dozen at a local seafood market). I love oysters with anything. They are versatile and are my favorite sustainable seafood.
I'm adding my oyster-and-apple creation to #SundaySupper in celebration of comfort food. At least once a month, I participate in #SundaySupper, which is a movement to bring back Sunday Supper with family. Isabel Foodie of the Family Foodie blog is the formidable force behind this movement. Fifty-five bloggers will be using the #SundaySupper hasthtag this Sunday and will be blogging about their favorite comfort foods and desserts. Plus Martin Redmond of the fabulous ENOFYLZ Wine Blog will suggest wine pairings for comfort foods. At the end of this post, check out the list of links to other blogs that are celebrating comfort food for #SundaySupper.
Recipe: Baked Oysters and Apples (Serves 3 as a main dish or 5 as an appetizer)
5 tablespoons butter, unsalted
1 small yellow onion, minced
3/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs
1 large Gala or Macintosh apple, diced small
1 large lemon
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 dozen oysters in the shell (get oysters with medium salinity or just ask for "sweet" oysters)
Rock salt (for holding oyster shells upright in oven).
- Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium-low heat. Add onions and saute until onions are translucent.
- Squeeze lemon juice over diced apples.
- Add apples and Panko bread crumbs to the butter and onion and mix thoroughly until bread crumbs and apple are coated.
- Stir in ground cardamom and cracked pepper and set mixture aside.
- Shuck oysters, cup side down, reserving as much liquid as possible in the oyster cup.
- Place rock salt in thin layer on the cookie sheet (to help hold oysters upright)
- Set oyster in shell on cookie sheet.
- Spoon one teaspoon of apple mixture on top of each oyster.
- Place pan in a preheated, 450-degree oven.
- Roast oysters and apples for 6-9 minutes.
Here are more delicious comfort-food recipes for your #SundaySupper.
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