Oyster Beignets

Recipe from

Coastal Living

Ingredients

1/2 (12-ounce) container fresh oysters
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1/2 cup milk
6 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
Vegetable oil

Preparation

Drain oysters, reserving 1/2 cup oyster liquor. Coarsely chop oysters; set aside. Combine flour and lemon rind in a small bowl.

Combine reserved oyster liquor, milk, and butter in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring until butter melts. Add flour mixture all at once, beating vigorously with a wooden spoon 1 minute or until mixture leaves sides of pan. Remove from heat. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating vigorously with a wooden spoon after each addition until smooth. Fold in oysters and chives.

Pour oil to depth of 2 inches into a Dutch oven; heat to 375°. Drop oyster mixture by heaping tablespoonfuls into oil. Fry, in batches, 2 to 3 minutes or until golden. Drain on wire racks. Serve immediately with Caper Dipping Sauce.

Joan Reardon,

Coastal Living

October 2003
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