su-Oysters with Verjus Mignonette Image
Photo: Thomas J. Story
Yields Serves 12 Total Time 15 mins
AuthorDoug Lipton and Cindy Daniel, Healdsburg Shed, Healdsburg, California

Doug Lipton of Healdsburg Shed in Northern California shucks local Hog Island oysters to order for guests at Thanksgiving, serving them with this bright sauce and a French Champagne like Larmandier-Bernier "Longitude." If you don't want to shuck oysters yourself, order them on the half-shell from a fish market. The mignonette makes enough for about 4 dozen oysters.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Combine verjus, vinegar, shallots, and pepper in a small bowl.

Step 2
2

Line 2 or 3 platters with crushed ice. Nestle oysters on top, keeping them level. Garnish with lemon wedges if you like and serve with mignonette.

Step 3
3

* Verjus is juice pressed from unripe grapes, and its mild acidity--versus the higher acidity of vinegar--makes it easy to pair with wine. Find at well-stocked grocery stores and sweetwatercellars.com.

Ingredients

 1/2 cup verjus*
 1/2 cup Champagne vinegar
 1/4 cup minced shallots
 1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper
  Chilled oysters on the half-shell
  Crushed ice or rock salt
  Lemon wedges (optional)

Directions

Step 1
1

Combine verjus, vinegar, shallots, and pepper in a small bowl.

Step 2
2

Line 2 or 3 platters with crushed ice. Nestle oysters on top, keeping them level. Garnish with lemon wedges if you like and serve with mignonette.

Step 3
3

* Verjus is juice pressed from unripe grapes, and its mild acidity--versus the higher acidity of vinegar--makes it easy to pair with wine. Find at well-stocked grocery stores and sweetwatercellars.com.

Oysters with Verjus Mignonette
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