Antoine’s Oyster Stew is a classic. I’ve made no deviations and I’m not going to apologize for lifting this recipe practically word for word from Saveur Magazine. I also refuse to apologize for my choice of a thick and creamy stew served in unseasonably hot weather. I realize that Midsummer’s Eve is barely behind us and many folks are sweltering. Still I’m serving stew. So sit down and slurp!
To stir the pot even more I’m going to ask all the oyster haters to just move along. There’s no room for your brand of insanity today (insert smiley face here). Antoine’s Oyster Stew is a classic. Classics know no season. Besides I love eating oysters at any occasion and at any time of year – no matter the weather. Stewed, baked, grilled, or raw.
However, it’s July and there’s no getting around the fact that in the summer my oyster obsession is often met with some form of the following question: “Aren’t you only supposed to eat oysters in months that have an R in their name?”
At face value, this appears to be an innocent question. Perhaps this question is even being asked in consideration of my health. Ahh. Isn’t that sweet?
Well, not always. I’ve learned from experience that this question is often less about concerns for my constitution and more about the perception that eating oysters is somehow odious. The passive-aggressive nature of this viewpoint can be difficult to combat. Sometimes the question comes from true blue oyster haters. In which case you can assure them oysters are just fine anytime of the year until you’re blue in the face (no not blue from eating oysters in R months). Sadly there’s no room for discussion, these steely opinions have been hardened beyond reason.
Fortunately most folks are more fair-minded and really do believe that there’s some reason to avoid oysters in warm weather months. I suppose way back when (before Whole Foods and refrigerators) oysters and warm weather could (maybe) have been problematic. But those days are long gone.
So, I’ll say it here. NO it’s not wrong to eat oysters in months without an R in their name. And YES that includes Antoine’s Oyster Stew (insert smiley face here). GREG