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A Cookbook For Oyster Lovers

I love the Hog Island Oyster Company - their oysters are delicious and their atmosphere spectacular. I'd love to recreate it all at home, but worry about handling, shucking and storing them. Fortunately for me, and for those of you interested in oysters, the new Hog Island Oyster Lover's Cookbook is a great primer to help us enjoy oysters at home. Starting with the history of the Hog Island Oyster Company, author Jairemarie Pomo covers everything from how to identify different oyster varieties to shucking safety & how-to. And, if that isn't enough, there's a great collection of 40 recipes - including Bobby Flay's Crispy Oysters with Mango Sauce and Red Horseradish, as well as the one for Hog Island's signature "Hogwash." To get the Hogwash recipe - and if you're not into oysters, this would actually be excellent on salads, sliced tomatoes or grilled fish - just

Hog Island's Hogwash
Reprinted with permission from The Hog Island Oyster Lover's Cookbook by Jairemarie Pomo. Copyright 2007. Published by Ten Speed Press.

1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar
1/4 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
1 large shallot, minced
1 large jalapeno chili, seeded and minced
Leaves from 1/2 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
Juice of 1 lime

3 dozen extra-small Pacific or small Eastern oysters on the half shell, served on a bed of crushed ice.


In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients except for the oysters. Just before serving, stir the mixture to make sure you pick up all the goodies in the bowl. Top each oyster with a teaspoonful of the sauce. Serve immediately.

Note: Hogwash should be served on the day it's made.

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partysugar partysugar 10 years
I love oysters. Yum and I have a total weakness for Hog Island, we both go (together sometimes) at least once a month. They have an awesome happy now I want to go again on Thursday and I just went last week!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Me too, I always switch. I cant make up my mind! And I think it would depend on you if you consider oysters likable, Lala. Mussels and escargot are cooked and chewier compared to a raw oyster that slithers down your throat. Thats the part that most people cant get over.
Food Food 10 years
if you've eaten mussels and escargot, oysters should be easier! I love them! and it's interesting there's two camps of folks, those that slurp and swallow and those that slurp and chew. The flavor is just so amazing, I actually switch between the two, I can't decide which I prefer.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
well i've eaten mussles and escargot. so would i like oysters? the sucking them out of the shell kind of turns me off. i don't know why lol
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
You MUST try them. But not if you have texture issues... LOL.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
I've never had oysters!!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Ooooooooh this sounds fantastic!
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