Ed Drombroski of Lee’s Farmers Market serves up an appetizer of Fried Oysters with a BBQ sauce and Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce.
BBQ Oysters & Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce
6 Appetizer Servings or 4 Main-Course Servings
BLUE CHEESE DIPPING SAUCE
4 ounces of good-quality blue cheese, crumbled
3/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons buttermilk
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
11/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon minced flat-leaf parsley leaves
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Combine all the ingredients in a medium-size mixing bowl, blending well with a whisk.
Serving Suggestion: Before using the dipping sauce, refrigerate it in a covered container at least four hours or overnight to let
the favors develop, then season with more kosher salt and pepper if desired. Keep refrigerated and use within four days.
Yields 1½ cups
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons mild-favored hot sauce
1 tablespoon honey
6 tablespoons butter
Combine the hot sauce and honey in a blender. Set aside. In a very small saucepan, heat the butter to 140°F over
medium heat, using a frying thermometer to access temperature.
Promptly turn the blender to low speed and slowly pour the 140° butter in a thin steady stream through the hole in the
blender’s lid. Pour this barbecue sauce in a large, nonreactive mixing bowl and set aside. If you don’t have a blender you can whisk together in a bowl.
canola oil, for deep frying
2 cups seasoned cornmeal or flour
36 medium-to-large oysters drained
Heat the oil in a deep fryer to 350°F, or heat 1½ to 2 inches of oil in a 5-quart Dutch oven over medium-high heat to 350°.
Place the seasoned cornmeal or flour in a large mixing bowl.
Once the oil has almost reached 350°, drain any excess oyster liquor from a batch of the oysters and dredge them in the
seasoned cornmeal or flour.
Carefully slide the oysters into the oil.the oysters just until golden brown and crispy, about two minutes. Remove the finished oysters from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Repeat to dredge and fry the remaining oysters.
As soon as all the oysters have been fried and drained, add small batches of them to the bowl of barbecue sauce and toss to
coat well. Serve while still warm.