Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Will Oysters Go Extinct Before We Can Eat Them All?

Perhaps the greatest appetizer I have ever eaten is Oysters en Brochette at Galatoire's in New Orleans. The oysters are wrapped in bacon, dredged in flour, deep fried and then drizzled in butter sauce. It is exactly as amazing and unhealthy as it sounds. So I am sad to learn that "oyster reefs around the world are disappearing so fast that more than 85 per cent have been lost to disease and over-harvesting." I had better get back to New Orleans but quick; this heart isn't going to attack itself.

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MythReindeer (#5,553)

You're assuming that you can get them, even at Galatoire's. Many po-boy shops and the like have stopped serving them altogether, because they are prohibitively expensive.

BadUncle (#153)

Sounds like the oyster is merely a fat McGuffin. You could easily substitute other vehicles, ranging from a boiled egg to a pencil.

Alex Balk (#4)

No no no. It's the texture and salinity that make the whole thing work.

cinetrix (#47)

I've only just embraced them in the past few years, so, NOOOOOOO! Also, cluster oysters from Charleston, SC. Yes, please!

Leon (#6,596)

What about regular old raw oysters on the half shell w/ a little tobasco and lemon or a mignonette? SO SO GOOD. Best food ever. EVER. They are also one of the highly vices of 7 creative people according to an article from back when I could be bothered to read Salon –

SeanP (#4,058)

What Leon said. All that bacon, dredging, frying, etc; is just gilding the lily.

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