A Rich-and-Creamy First Course
For oyster lovers, this stew by restaurant Forty-Six Chef Michael Venendaal is sure to please. A simple base of celery, yellow onion, potatoes, stock and spices can warm up the company on a chili November night.
Recipe by Chef Michael Venendaal
1 quart shucked oysters (undrained)
1/4 cup diced celery
1/4 cup diced yellow onion
2 cups diced russet potato
3 tablespoons blended oil
4 tablespoons flour
2 bay leafs
1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
1 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 quart shrimp stock
1 pint heavy cream
Add blended oil to medium size stockpot, and then add onions and celery. Cook onions and celery until translucent. Add flour. Once you have mixed in your flour, add warm shrimp stock and whisk until stew thickens. Add potatoes, bay leafs, Old Bay, white wine and Cayenne pepper. Cook for 10 minutes on medium heat and then add oysters with heavy cream. Cook until potatoes are tender.
Michael Venendaal is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, S.C. He is responsible for creating healthful lunch and dinner specials, and delicious homemade soups at Forty-Six, located at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis.
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