Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Oysters + Martinis = Happiness

Chris and I make a serious effort to have one date night a week.  We believe that new experiences help solidify our bond and keep our relationship fresh.  Some weeks, we opt for date night in, like this past week.  I got a serious hankering for martinis on Wednesday (tooo much Mad Men, I think) and in Lindsey land, where there are martinis, there are oysters.  Its a MUST.

We registered for and recieved a sweet oyster shucker as a wedding gift and we have been dying to try it out, so we decided that Friday night would be oyster and martini night.

We wandered down to Santa Monica Seafood Market (if you live in LA, like seafood, and haven't gone here, run there now!) where we picked out three types of osyters, kuushi (Chris's favortie), Eastman (it was okay) and Kuto...something (my favorite!).

The gentleman behind the counter was soooo friendly.  We told him that we had never shucked oysters ourselves before, so he gave Chris a quick tutorial.  1) Cover the hand you are holding the oyster with in a towel. (So you don't shank your own hand!). 2) Find the little opening. (See in the picture above?)

3) Shimmie the shucker in that opening! See!

I cracked ice and set up our oyster plate with lemons while Chris was working hard shucking those suckers.

Mmmmmmmm....all the oysters were finally ready to get in my belly!

I also made two sauces to go with them, a classic cocktail sauce and a Mignonette sauce.  Recipes below.

Classic Cocktail Sauce

  • 1/2 cup ketchup

  • 1-2 tablespoons prepared horseradish

  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 1-2 tablesspoons of Worcestershire Sauce

  • Mix together in a little bowl. Yum.

    Mignonette Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon coarsely ground white or black peppercorns (vary amount according to taste)

  • 1/2 cup white or red wine vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots or sweet onions

  • 1 or two tablespoons of finely chopped, fresh parsley

  • Mix together in a little bowl.  Double yum.

    The oysters were fantastic and so were the martinis.  Did I mention that we had an oyster and martini date night for under $50?  It would cost $100+ had we gone out!  Love that!

    Do you like oysters?  Do you know of any other good oyster topping sauces?  Do you drink gin or vodka martinis? (I'm a Gin girl to the core).

    Have a lovely Tuesday, lovelies!




    1. YUM. Too much Mad Men, indeed. ;-) Or never too much Mad Men??? I'll take a gin or a vodka martini- I like them both equally- I just need mine diiiirty!

    2. Never too much Mad Men! dirty for me too! love love. xx

    3. In NC, where there are tons of oyster bars on the coast, I was taught to place your oyster on your grill, cover and they open themselves! They have that awesome charcoal flavor and you don't have to work so hard to enjoy! I LOVE oysters!!!!!!