Servings: 6

Ingredients:

  • 60 Medium size shucked Pacific Northwest Oysters
  • - with 1 to 1 ½ cup of the “oyster liquor” strained and reserved
  • ½ pound unsalted butter
  • 6 T unbleached flour
  • 4 ribs celery, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • ½ cup finely chopped broad-leaf parsley
  • 1 t sea salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream

 

Preparation:

  1. Combine oyster liquor with 1 cup water in a 2-qt. saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  2. Add the oysters and simmer until their edges just begin to curl, about 2 minutes.
  3. Strain oysters through a fine sieve set over a medium bowl. Reserve oysters and cooking liquid separately.
  4. Heat butter in a 4-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat.
  5. Add flour and cook, whisking constantly, until golden brown, 3–4 minutes.
  6. Reduce heat to medium; add celery, garlic, onions, parsley, salt, pepper, and cayenne. 7. Cook, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon, until onions and celery are very soft, about 25 minutes.
  7. Stir in milk, cream, and reserved oysters with their cooking liquid and cook, stirring occasionally, until just hot, about 5 minutes.

Serve immediately.