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'Wich of the Week: Fried Oyster Po'boy

'Wich of the Week: Fried Oyster Po'boy

If you're a fan of oysters, you may be sneaking the seafood into your Thanksgiving stuffing. But the batter-fried bivalves are even more divine stuffed inside a sandwich — in this case, the famous New Orleans French-bread creation known as an oyster po'boy or oyster loaf.Just how divine is the oyster loaf? In the 1800s, the sandwich was nicknamed la mediatrice or "the peacemaker," because husbands brought them home to placate angry wives. Some skeptics wonder how a po'boy is different from a sub or a grinder, so for further insight and two great recipes,

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If you've ever eaten an oyster po'boy, you know that it's no sub sandwich. What sets a po'boy apart is the fluffy but flaky French bread that's native to New Orleans. The way the crusty loaf hugs the cornmeal-crusted oysters, squishing them down to manageable sandwich size, elevates an otherwise simple recipe to regal status. This version, which I devoured on a sunny Monday morning at Nola's Acme Oyster House, is "dressed" with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and mayo, plus a touch of Tabasco and lemon. But the minimalists among you can skip the dressing. Below, get the recipes for both the oyster loaf and the cormeal-crusted oysters that go inside it.

Oyster Loaf

Oyster Loaf

Fried Oyster Po'boy Recipe

Ingredients

1 dozen fresh fried oysters
1 small loaf French bread (about 1 foot long)
1/4 cup salt butter
1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
2 slices tomato
Mayonnaise (optional)
Tabasco (optional)
Salt (optional)

Directions

  1. Prepare the fried oysters according to the recipe for Fried Oysters in Corn Meal.
  2. Slice the French bread in half across and then in half lengthwise.
  3. Place in a 300 degree oven to warm for about 6 minutes.
  4. Spread butter generously over the inner surfaces of the bread and heap the fried oysters on the bottom pieces.
  5. Add mayonnaise and Tabasco, or just a bit of salt if you prefer, and cover with the top pieces of bread. Serve hot.

Makes one sandwich.

Fried Oysters in Corn Meal

Fried Oysters in Corn Meal

Fried Oysters in Corn Meal

Ingredients

1 1/2 pints fresh shucked oysters (about 2 1/2 dozen medium-sized oysters)
Vegetable oil for deep frying
1 cup finely ground yellow corn meal
2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon fresh, finely ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne

Directions

  1. Drain the oysters thoroughly in a colander. Meanwhile, heat the oil to 375 degrees in a deep fryer.
  2. In a bowl combine the corn meal, salt, black pepper, and cayenne and mix thoroughly.
  3. Roll the drained oysters about 6 to 8 at a time in the seasoned corn meal, taking care to coat each one evenly and thoroughly.
  4. Fry the oysters in batches of 6 to 8, taking care to keep the frying temperature between 360 and 375 degrees; wait a few minutes after frying a batch for the oil temperature to rise again to the desired level. (If you use a heavy kettle or saucepan, be sure to clip a deep frying thermometer to the side of it and to adjust the burner heat to keep the oil temperature constant.) Fry each batch of oysters for about 2 minutes, or until golden brown.
  5. When done, drain thoroughly by raising the frying basket out of the oil or by using a long-handled skimmer.
  6. Place each cooked batch on a large platter lined with paper towels, then set in a preheated 200 degree oven to keep warm until all the oysters are fried.

Makes 2 1/2 dozen fried oysters.

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orangek8 orangek8 7 years
I can't believe nobody's mentioned Johnny's for po'boys in New Orleans. THE BEST. I had this delicious shrimp one in October:
milosmommy milosmommy 7 years
Well I'm officially sad that I live in the bay area and have nothing around here like this. It sounds so good.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
So missing NOLA while reading this! Another amaaaazing po-boy is the fried green tomato with shrimp remoulade po-boy at Crabby Jack's on Jefferson Highway. Freaking incredible!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
I am so hungry looking at that picture, darn t-giving leftovers BEGONE
mtiger mtiger 7 years
Yum...shrimp or roast beef is the best.
samula2000 samula2000 7 years
oysters, extra crispy please.
verily verily 7 years
Seems like I ate nothing but po'boys in New Orleans when I visited last time. Oyster po'boy from Acme, the Roast beef & ham w/debris from Mother's, and shrimp from a place I don't remember the name of. Sooooo good. I can't decide if I like the oyster or the roast beef po'boy more. It's easy to find fried seafood po'boys here in Austin, but I never see anyone sell the roast beef style.
PamiP PamiP 7 years
mmmmmmmm verdi mart's fried shrimp and a side of macaroni and cheese. And I do indeed cover everything with crystal sauce. I work downtown and my building's shop has good roast beef and gravy on hi do's bread, extra mayo extra gravy. I'm very productive after that lunch.
yaksmilk yaksmilk 7 years
WHICH OF THE WEEK!!! Hell yeah -- leidenheimers bread! Other places to get badass po boys: Verdi Mart on Royal Street Domilise's (mentioned above) Louisiana Discount Market (hardcore) Shrimp is better though. Or hot roast beef with da sauce. hot sauce on your mayo?
PamiP PamiP 7 years
man, mahoney's here sells their "peacemaker" which is oysters, cheddar and bacon. It might kill you, but eating it tastes like heaven.
syako syako 7 years
Oh my! I was all sentimental about being away from home (NOLA) for thanksgiving, then I saw this post and I'm even more nostalgic. :( Fried oyster poboy. Those husbands in the 1800s had it right, if I'm ever mad, hubby can bring me one of these and all is forgotten! ;) Yum. I'm drooling now. My favorite oyster poboy in Baton Rouge is from Poor Boy Lloyds. Yum!
moonlissa moonlissa 7 years
Even if you make this at home it will never be the same. I had to move back to NOLA because I couldn't get decent bread. There is no french bread like New Orleans french bread. Leidenheimer's is the best, and I prefer my poboy to be Roast Beef, dressed with lots of gravy. I suggest Parasols!
GKitty GKitty 7 years
Missing my NOLA people this Thanksgiving...is this FitSugga? I didn't see the death count.
pinky8486 pinky8486 7 years
YAY NEW ORLEANS!!! If you are in New Orleans and want the BEST...go to Domilise's...the Po boys are so good!!..also Mother's has great ones. They are amazing!! Side of fried pickles...mmm
Frika Frika 7 years
po'boys from acme's. mmmmmm my sister lives in nola and this reminds me that I should go visit her. For dinner you can go there, order some oysters, and share their HUGE po'boy and be more than satisfied! I'll try the recipe, but I can never find the "right" french bread that makes for the perfect po'boy, the ones i can get are too dense, or too crunchy, or too something else!! haha
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