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Three Unique Ways to Prepare Oysters

Events, New Orleans

Commonly served raw on the half-shell, deep-fried, or charbroiled with buttery breadcrumbs, oysters are a surprisingly complex and versatile seafood staple. Diners, caterers, and chefs are likely familiar with these popular ways of preparing oysters, but there are also more unique methods that can bring out unexpected flavors and textures.

Pickled Oysters

In the days before refrigeration, pickling was a common way to preserve many perishable foods and ingredients, including oysters. Pickling is no longer necessary as a preservation method, but it is a simple way to prepare light and tangy oysters that maintains their creamy texture and subtle flavors. When pickling oysters, experiment with different kinds of vinegar, citrus juices, and herbs and spices to bring out unique and unexpected flavors.

Oysters au Gratin

To satisfy your savory, cheesy cravings, all of the extra toppings featured in oysters au gratin make it a generous appetizer for intimate gatherings. Even if your guest list includes hardcore oyster purists, pairing these versatile bivalves with breadcrumbs and grated cheese will balance a crispy outermost layer with delicious, creamy cheese.

Grilled Oysters

Grilling is a simple and crowd-pleasing way to prepare rich, buttery oysters in no time. The oysters can be shucked first and then placed shell side down on the grill until they begin to simmer, or they can be placed on the grill whole and shucked after they naturally begin to pop open. Whichever cooking method is used, be sure to top off each oyster with butter and chopped herbs such as parsley, chives, or cilantro.

No matter how they’re prepared, oysters add a special touch to any gathering or celebration, from weddings and corporate dinners to anniversary and birthday parties. Elevate your next event in the greater New Orleans area with a raw or chargrilled oyster bar from Elysian Events Catering. Our full-menu catering and custom menus feature authentic, local dishes to fit a variety of budgets and styles. Call (504) 541-0091 or send us a message to request a free quote and to start bringing your event to life!

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