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Oysters with Caviar and Cucumber Mignonette

Got your hands on some good, fresh oysters? Serve these luscious bivalves in haute style with caviar, mirapoix, and coriander. You’ll need your oyster-shucking tool, of course. And don’t forget to buy a hefty amount of ice or salt to serve this starter on a bed of ice or salt for a cool, crisp, dramatic backdrop.

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Ingredients

number of servings
1
  • 2 dozen oysters Added to
  • 1 salad cucumber Added to
  • 3 shallots, minced Added to
  • 2 Cup Rice wine vinegar Added to
  • 1 tablespoon sugar Added to
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds, whole Added to
  • 3 ounce american sturgeon caviar Added to
  • 2 ham hocks Added to
  • 1 Cup mirepoix, finely minced Added to
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Directions

180 min.
1. Step

Peel and julienne the cucumber into -inch strips.

2. Step

Mince the shallots.

3. Step

Bring the rice wine vinegar, coriander, and sugar to a boil. In separate bowls, pour it over the cucumber and then the shallots and hold both in the liquid until the liquid is cool.

4. Step

In a small saucepan, add the mirepoix and ham hocks and cover with water. Bring it to a boil and skim off the surface. Simmer very gently for two hours. Pour through a coffee filter and chill in an ice bath until cool.

5. Step

To serve, shuck the oysters and place on a bed of ice or salt. Garnish with the pickled shallots and cucumbers. Spoon on a little hock broth on each oyster and top with caviar.

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