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Baked Oysters with Mushroom Ragout and Aioli


From John Myers of Aquatic Culture.

It was demonstrated for CUESA’s Market to Table program on December 11, 2010.

Makes 2 dozen oysters


2 cloves garlic, peeled
Pinch salt, plus more to taste
2 egg yolks
1 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon preserved lemon rind, minced
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons clarified butter or olive oil
1 or 2 shallots, minced
1 cup wild mushrooms (some options: oyster, maitake, chanterelle, shiitake), cleaned and sliced
1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed in a mortar
1 sprig thyme, leaves picked
1 tablespoon chopped parsley leaves
Splash dry white wine
2 dozen small to medium oysters
Preserved lemon rind, minced, for garnish


  1. Aioli: using mortar and pestle, mash the garlic and salt to a smooth paste. Add egg yolks to mortar, continuing to blend into a smooth paste. Incorporate oil by slowly drizzling in while mashing until mixture is thick like mayonnaise. Add the preserved lemon and lemon juice; season with salt and pepper. Mix to incorporate all ingredients. Cover and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  2. Mushroom ragout: heat butter or oil over medium-high heat in a sauté pan and add shallots; sauté until translucent. Add the mushrooms and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the garlic, thyme and parsley; cook for 3 more minutes. Add wine and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. To finish oysters:  preheat a broiler. Shuck the oysters and put on a lined sheet pan. Top each oyster with a generous spoonful of mushroom ragout. Place a dollop of aioli on top of the ragout. Broil until golden blonde. Garnish with preserved lemon. Serve on a warm platter (ideally on a rock salt platter garnished with seaweed and lemon).


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