A celebration for someone who loves seafood is not complete without a giant oyster shucking party! Although many enjoy fresh, crusty, or oyster-cooked seafood, cooking them in a dish that’s served to them on a plate is the best way to enjoy seafood. But what kinds of dishes work well for a shucking celebration? You can serve foods like corn on the cob, crab cakes, or boiled mussels. Other than that, fresh Maine lobster is also an excellent option. However, once you’ve decided to host a shucking event, you have the responsibility of picking the best menu.
Although many love raw oysters cooked, baked, or grilled, frying them is the best way for an oyster shucking party to go. If you’re going with fried oyster dishes, you can get the same delicious treat by grilling the oysters instead. Likewise, roasted raw oysters make a fantastic dessert, served along with maple-berry jam. On the other hand, fried oysters tend to have a salty taste, so roasted or broiled oysters are a better option for those who prefer a less salty taste.
Other than the types of seafood you serve, you will also need to plan the location of your oyster shucking party carefully. Because it takes time to drain the oyster shellfish, it’s best to hold the event at a cooler area where the temperature remains constant. A cooler is a location that keeps the temperature constant and where the room temperature isn’t changed too much from one place to another. A cooler is also convenient for holding oyster shucks because most people prefer to bring their own coolers. In fact, some people may bring the containers they would use for shuck oyster dishes instead.
Once you’ve chosen a location, it’s time to choose the appropriate foods for the shuck oyster buffet. For starters, there are plenty of classic favorites that you can serve. Fried or roasted oysters with fresh bread is a great starter dish, and there are dozens of different bread recipes for fried oysters floating around the Internet. Raw oysters with cocktail sauce are a delicious side dish that goes well with most seafood dishes. Of course, you can always go with traditional oyster soup, but if you’re feeling adventurous you can spice up a bowl of rice or vegetables with a bit of flavor from the raw oyster. You can also choose from a wide range of crackers, finger foods, or desserts to top off the meal.
Along with a wide selection of bread recipes and other items, your shuck potluck host will almost always have her own homemade crackers and oyster sauce. Choose a cracker recipe that appeals to you, whether you prefer dark or light cheese, spicy crackers, or just a plain nuttier cracker. You can easily put together a basic cracker recipe for just ten bucks, and if you have a knack for making food on a small scale you can make a number of crackers in a short amount of time using a food processor, a microwave, and a few ingredients. Once you’ve decided what you want to make, pick up a large container of her baked crackers and arrange a few oyster-shaped containers on each table.
After you have placed your order, sit back, relax, and enjoy some good conversation. Ask your guests what they would like to eat while at your shucking event. You may be surprised at the options, especially since there are so many people who love oyster eating! As the night progresses, you will no doubt be inspired by the different varieties of foods people have chosen to eat while enjoying their oyster shucking feast. Make a list of your favorite foods, so you can cater to everyone’s tastes.
The next day, it is time for the fun part – the shucking! It is important for you to remember that you are about to become an expert at the art of oyster shoring. You can make a lot of difference if you start out with a good, clean, unbroken shell. Remember that when you are shoring, it is important to keep the oyster intact. It is better to have the oyster inside its shell than to have it emerge from it as a wriggling mass of stringy goop.
There are a few more things that you will need to think about if you want to organize an outstanding oyster shoring party. Remember that the goal is to keep the oyster inside its shell. This means that you should use a sharp knife to open the oyster. Once you have done that, it is time to let the oyster soak in warm salt water for around fifteen minutes, so that you can get rid of all the dead or dying cells in it.