Malpeque Oysters with Lemon, Chive and Shallot Mignonette Sauce

Winter 2008
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food and drink

BY: Tonia Wilson-Vuksanovic

To make life simpler, order your oysters in advance from the local fishmonger and ask to have them shucked just before you arrive to pick them up. To serve them, fill a platter with coarse salt and nestle the oyster halves on top.

¼ cup (50 mL) shallot, very finely diced
2 tbsp (25 mL) fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp (15 mL) water
½ tsp (2 mL) lemon rind, very finely grated (preferably with a rasp)
½ tsp (2 mL) sugar
1 tsp (5 mL) fresh chives, very finely chopped
2 dozen Malpeque Oysters, scrubbed, shucked and on the half shell

1. Stir together shallot, lemon juice, water, zest and sugar in a small bowl. Let sit for 40 minutes at room temperature.

2. Stir chives into sauce just before serving oysters.

3. Top each oyster with ¼ tsp (1 mL) Mignonette sauce and serve.

Serves 4