Spicy Fried Oysters On Jalapeño Caesar Salad

Spicy Fried Oysters On Jalapeño Caesar Salad
Spicy Fried Oysters On Jalapeño Caesar Salad

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

4

servings

PREP TIME

--

minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

4

servings

Ingredients

  • JALAPEÑO CAESAR DRESSING:

  • 2

    large egg yolks

  • 4

    smoked garlic cloves minced

  • 2

    shallots minced

  • 4

    anchovy fillets

  • 2

    tablespoons hot mustard

  • 1

    tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 2

    teaspoons hot pepper sauce

  • 2

    teaspoons balsamic vinegar

  • 3/4

    cup canola oil

  • 3/4

    cup olive oil

  • 4

    chopped roasted red jalapeños

  • 1

    tablespoon chopped cilantro

  • 2

    tablespoons lime juice

  • Salt to taste

  • OYSTERS:

  • 16

    medium-large fresh oysters

  • 2

    cups dried cornbread crumbs

  • 1

    serrano chili seeded, and finely chopped

  • 1

    garlic clove finely chopped

  • 1

    teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1

    teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper

  • 1/2

    cup peanut oil

  • SALAD:

  • 1

    large romaine head outer leaves removed, cleaned, dried, and diced

  • 1/4

    cup Cojita or Mexican Farmer's cheese crumbled

  • 1/4

    cup pomegranate seeds

  • 1/4

    cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas) toasted, and finely ground

Directions

To make dressing, combine egg yolks, garlic, shallots, anchovies, Worcestershire, Tabasco, and balsamic vinegar in a blender. Puree until smooth. Slowly add oils until dressing is emulsified and creamy. Add chopped jalapeños, cilantro, lime juice and salt to taste. Shuck oysters and reserve juice (or have the fishmonger do this for you). In a medium bowl, combine crumbs, serrano chili, garlic, cayenne pepper, and black pepper, mixing well. Lift oysters out of juice, 1 at a time, and dredge in crumb mixture to coat heavily. Strain and reserve 1 tablespoon oyster liquor for vinaigrette. Place breaded oysters on waxed paper until ready to fry. Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Carefully place oysters in pan, 1 at a time. Brown for 2 minutes, turn, and brown other side for about 2 minutes. Do not overcook. Remove and keep warm. Toss romaine with Caesar Dressing. Place on 4 plates and sprinkle cheese and pomegranate seeds on salad. Dust plate with powdered pumpkin seeds. Place 4 fried oysters on each salad. Serve immediately. This recipe yields 4 servings.

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