OYSTERS IN SAFFRON SAUCE Recipe
Ingredients:2 Tbs. olive oil
1 mediun-size onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium-size tomatoes, peeled seeded and diced
1 bay leaf
1/3 tsp. saffron threads (or less)
Pinch red pepper flakes
1/4 cup brandy
1 1/2 cups chicken stock
24 fresh oysters, shucked,liquor reserved
Salt and pepper to taste
Directions:Heat oil in a deep, heavy-bottomed skillet. Saute onion and garlic until onion is soft. Stir in tomatoes, bay leaf and pepper flakes. Cook over medium heat 3 to 4 minutes until tomatoes begin to break down. Add brandy and cook 1 minute. Add stock and saffron and simmer until sauce is slightly thickened. Stir in oysters and oyster liquor, salt and pepper to taste. Cook just until oysters plump and edges curl. Spoon hot onto serving plates. Sprinkle with parsley.
If you are not partial to saffron, omit and serve as Oysters in Red pepper sauce. Great both ways. A family favorite. Some times we serve it over small amounts of cooked rice.
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