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Char Grilled Oysters with Butter and Wine



My obsession with all things oysters is not a secret. I absolutely love, Love, LOVE them. I love them raw, I loved them steamed, I love them fried, I love them in pasta, I love them char grilled. We are going to focus on the latter here. We just did a recipe recently we called Oysters Picante where we mixed up some warm butter with some garlic, cajun seasoning and hot sauce (which were superb) but pouring butter over hot grill was a little messy and had more than a few flare ups. For this recipe, we made a compound butter and spooned the solid butter onto each oyster before putting them on the grill. And the best part, you can make this ahead of time and use it later. Heck, you could make a huge batch of this butter, use some and freeze the rest and use it 6 months later. 

Char Grilled Oysters with Butter and Wine Ingredients:
2 sticks of salted butter

3/4 cup of seasoned bread crumbs. divided

1 heaping tbsp of minced garlic

1/2 cup finely chopped parsley

1/4 cup white wine

2 dozen oysters, shucked

1 cup fresh grated asiago cheese

1 lemon

Is there any better white wine for this recipe than one called, “Butter?”
Combine the butter, 1/4 cup of the bread crumbs (reserving 1/2 cup for later), garlic, parsley, and white wine in a bowl and use the back of a spoon or a fork to knead the butter until all the ingredients are mixed evenly through the butter.:

Who wants a heaping spoonful of that? OK, but you will in a bit!
Now let’s shuck our oysters. You will need a shucking knife at a minimum and I would also suggest a shucking glove:

The gear you need for shucking oysters
As someone who jammed one of those seemingly dull shucking knife into the fat part of my thumb on my palm, I can tell you it is painful. Not just the stabbing, but the briny solution on the knife in the wound doesn’t feel great either. The glove will protect your off hand.

After shucking the oysters, spoon a nice mound of the compound butter onto each oyster:

Two down, eight to go! (In this batch)
Now, let’s go get the grill ready. I cranked up my American Made Grills “Muscle” Grill to medium high, which is high on most other grills as this bad boy runs hot, hot, hot (they don’t call it “Muscle” for no reason):

Now the magic really happens
If you’re looking to put that kick ass outdoor kitchen in and need that premium grill to anchor the set up, this is it. First of all, it is indeed American Made as the name states, but also it is just an amazing grill. It can be a gas grill or it can use that gas to ignite charcoal or even better, use the gas to turn wood chunks or even split firewood into the most amazing charcoal in under 10 minutes. I’m not kidding. I absolutely love mine. 

Once the butter starts to melt, sprinkle a healthy pinch of the remaining bread crumbs:

Breadcrumbs keep falling on my head…
And after those bread crumbs hit that liquid and start soaking up all that oyster juice and butter, then hit it with a nice dose of that freshly shredded cheese:

Romano, Parm, or any other hard grated cheese would work here as well.
For smaller oysters, once they bubble/boil for about 30 seconds, they are done, but these were monsters from Maryland and could go a full 2 minutes before they were cooked through. While they are bubbling on the grill or after they a set on a platter covered in rock salt (which provides a wonderful surface for the oysters to nestle into and stay stable), slice the lemon in half and drizzle the juice over the oysters:

They need just a little acid
How many of these monsters could you eat:

Ready to serve!!
Let’s get a closer look:

And to get an idea of the size of just one:

A little browning is not only allowed but encouraged
The bread crumbs soak up the liquid which captures all that wonderful flavor, the cheese melts across the top to also help bind everything together, and the fire and smoke adds to the flavor profile beautifully. 

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below or send me an email. 

Save Print Char Grilled Oysters with Butter and Wine Author: Scott Thomas Recipe type: Appetizer Cuisine: Seafood Prep time:  20 mins Cook time:  10 mins Total time:  30 mins   Fresh oysters, shucked and topped with compound butter, sprinkled with bread crumbs and grated cheese, and then char grilled to a briny, savory, buttery perfection. Ingredients 2 sticks of salted butter ¾ cup of seasoned bread crumbs. divided 1 heaping tbsp of minced garlic ½ cup finely chopped parsley ¼ cup white wine 2 dozen oysters, shucked 1 cup fresh grated asiago cheese 1 lemon Instructions Combine the butter, ¼ cup of breadcrumbs, garlic, parsley, and white wine Knead the butter with the back of a spoon or fork until the ingredients are blended through Place a tablespoon of the compound butter onto each shucked oyster Prepare the grill for high heat grilling Set each shucked oyster on the grill Once the butter starts to melt, sprinkle a fat pinch of breadcrumbs onto each oyster Then do the same with the freshly grated cheese Slice the lemon in half and drizzle the lemon juice over the oysters With smaller oysters, 30 seconds of the oysters bubbling/boiling and they are done These are really big oysters and took a full two minutes of bubbling/boiling Remove from the heat and place on a pan of rock salt and serve

Author informationScott ThomasScott Thomas, the Original Grillin’ Fool, was sent off to college with a suitcase and a grill where he overcooked, undercooked and burned every piece of meat he could find. After thousands of failures, and quite a few successes, nearly two decades later he started a website to show step by step, picture by picture, foolproof instructions on how to make great things out of doors so that others don’t have to repeat the mistakes he’s made on the grill.

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Title: Char Grilled Oysters with Butter and Wine
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Nashville Hot Cauliflower



Say wha?
Saw this idea a few weeks ago, don't remember where.  I started with a roasted cauliflower recipe I like to use; boil the whole head in heavily-salted water for no more than 5 minutes, drain for ten, coat surface with oil and black pepper, then roast at 450º for 25 minutes.  I didn't know if I should pre-coat with the oil, as I'd be dipping it after it was cooked, so I painted one-half of the head with oil and marked it with a toothpick.  After 15 minutes on the Egg I had this:

The left side does show a bit more darkening, but not really worth the trouble.
I had printed out a Nashville Hot Chicken recipe some months back, but haven't made it yet.  I looked it up, and the first two ingredients for the sauce were 1) half-lb of lard, and 2) two sticks of butter!    I thought that may be a bit overwhelming so I made something up:  melted 3 Tblspns of butter, added a clove of garlic, then whisked in a tsp of cayenne, 1/4 cup of Frank's Red-Hot, 2 tsp soy sauce, and 2 tsp of a cornstarch/water slurry.  Once thickened, I poured it in a bowl big enough for the cauliflower head.  
After 15 minutes on the Egg, I put the cauliflower in the bowl and rolled it around; was just the right amount to totally coat it.  Returned it to the Egg for ten more minutes to "set" the sauce:

Kinda purty, like a 7 pound meatball.  I sliced it into "steaks", not florets, and let the pieces fall where they may.  Served with Kimchee:

The kimchee added nothing as far as color contrast, and nothing to do with Tennessee barbeque, but Ron's recent thread had me hungry for kimchee so…  The meal could've used a big pile of white rice, however.
Thanks for looking.  

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A brief caveman pic tutorial



For those on the reverse sear/caveman fence, this may or may not seal the deal; (all temps *F on the dome)
Low and Slow around 250*F to around 7-8 *F below your desired finish temp. (Expect this step to run around 45 minutes for 1 1/2" and reasonably up steaks-half inch excluded  )

Now time for the hot and fast:  Open the dome and shut the lower vent-let the fire produce a hot lava bed across the coals,

Time for some long tongs and nimble-flip at around 60-90 seconds and pull when your finish temp is there.

You will be justly rewarded.  Add to your arsenal.
Stay healthy and safe out there- (Same steak for the whole show!)

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Grilled Flatbread with Charred Shallots and Figs



Figs are something I have let fall to the wayside in recent years. There was a time when I eagerly awaited the short windows of time when I was able to walk into my local grocery and purchase tender and sweet figs, and over the years they've worked their way into dishes on this site and off. The shift to almost entirely home cooking during the pandemic reminded me of the virtues of figs and the additional fodder they provide for recipes that offer something different from my usual rotation. So I picked up a package back in the fall and used some pantry staples to put together these grilled flatbreads with charred shallots and figs, then I wrote it up and scheduled the post for seven months from that date to remind to eat more figs when their first season hits in early summer.

This recipe was really born out of finding something new to do with figs that I purchased on a whim, and a pizza making session the day before I made these flatbreads left me with a desire to keep rolling with grilling dough. I have made many variations of flatbread dough throughout the years, but they were all doughs specialized for a specific cuisine, so I was looking for a more all-purpose recipe here and decided to try one out I saw on Food52. The hallmark of this high hydration dough is the large amount of extra-virgin olive oil in it, which I hoped would make this a flavorful bread without the long fermentation time I normally use to achieve that goal.

The first rise for the dough to double in volume took just under and hour, and during that downtime, I put together a balsamic glaze to use as a finishing drizzle on the flatbreads. I had a very small bottle of balsamic vinegar in the cupboard, so I poured the entire contents into a saucepan and added a little brown sugar to it. I then let the mixture simmer over medium-low heat until it reduced by half and had a spoon-coating thickness. When done, I removed from the heat and set aside.

Once the initial rise was finished, I transferred the dough to a well floured cutting board (it was a very sticky dough), divided it into four, and then formed each of those pieces into a ball. I set the portioned dough on a parchment lined baking sheet, covered with a damp cloth, and let it start the second rise, which took about 30 minutes.

During this time, I got everything else together needed for the final flatbreads so I could assemble them very quickly while the bread was still hot and at its very best. After lighting the fire, I cut up my figs into somewhat thin slices and also halved and peeled six small shallots.

The grill was ready to go after twenty minutes of ignition time, and I began by grilled the shallots, which I did over direct heat, placing them cut side down and just letting them cook until well charred. At this point they were somewhat tender, but not fully, so to finish them off, I flipped them over and grilled them until second side was also charred, which took less time than the first since they were already more than partially cooked. Once done, I transferred the shallots to a cutting board, removed the root ends that were holding them together on the grill, and then cut them into thin slices.

The shallots cooked pretty quickly, which was a good thing because the fire was still blazing hot to grill the bread, and a hot fire makes for the best flatbreads. I've rolled out other flatbreads I've made before, but this dough was so soft and stretchy, I went with freeform hand stretching this time. I did as best I could to get the bread even throughout, but, like with pizza dough, it was hard not to have a little extra heft around the edges with the center being thinner.

Happy enough with my globular oval shape, I carefully put the dough over the fire and let it cook until it began to brown a bit. I then flipped it over and browned on the second side and by then the bread was mostly cooked through, so I just kept flipping and moving it as needed to get it across the finish line and add a little extra color too.

As soon as the bread was off the grill, I brushed it with olive oil and assembled the final dish. I started with a layer of arugula, which I ended up going heavier on with subsequent flatbreads for an increased peppery character. Next went on the slices of figs and strips of shallots followed by dollops of a soft goat cheese and a drizzle of balsamic glaze. After slicing it up, I dug in and ate it while still pretty hot.

My first taste was of the bread, which had a nice crunch and chew, although it was not as flavorful as dough I let ferment for many more hours at room temperature or days in the fridge. That lighter touch though meant the toppings were more prominent, and for me it was the sweet and fruity figs that served as the centerpiece. Although there wasn't one in every bite, their presence was lasting and was elevated by the tangy and sugary glaze and given savory contrasts by the cheese, arugula, and shallots. I consumed a couple slices of this first flatbread before moving on and cooking the rest—wanting each one to be as fresh as possible when served. All-in-all, this was a good reminder that I need to get figs back into the rotation more, and having written this post mainly as a nudge to myself, you may see at least one more recipe featuring this dual seasoned fruit on the site before the year is out.
Published on Thu Jun 3, 2021 by Joshua Bousel

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Yield 4 servings

Prep 15 Minutes
Inactive 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Cook 20 Minutes
Total 2 Hours 5 Minutes

For the Balsamic Glaze
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
For the Dough
3 cups bread flour (396 g)
1 teaspoon kosher salt (3.5 g)
1 teaspoon instant yeast (4 g)
1 1/4 cups warm water (292.5 g)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (43 g)
For the Flatbread
6 small shallots, peeled and halved lengthwise
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
8oz fresh figs, thinly sliced
2 handfuls arugula (about 2 oz)
5oz soft goat cheese
To make the balsamic glaze: Whisk together vinegar and sugar in a small saucepan set over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and let simmer until reduced by half and thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
To make the dough: Whisk together flour, salt, and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add water and oil and knead with dough hook on low speed until dough comes together. Increase speed to medium and knead for 5 minutes. Remove bowl from mixer stand, cover with plastic wrap, and let dough rise at room temperature until roughly doubled in volume, about 1 hour. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and cut into 4 even pieces. Roll each piece into a ball, transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and cover with a damp cloth. Let rise at room temperature for 30 minutes more.
Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and arrange coals evenly across charcoal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill, and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil grilling grate. Place shallots on grill, cut side down, and cook until well charred, about 5 minutes. Flip shallots over and continue to cook until well charred on second side, about 3 minutes more. Transfer shallots to a cutting board, remove root end, and cut into thin strips.
On a floured surface, stretch one piece of dough out into an oval roughly 1/8″ thick. Place dough on hot side of grill and cook until browned and lightly charred in spots. Flip bread and continue to cook until second side is browned and lightly charred in spots. Transfer bread to a cutting board and brush with olive oil. Place 1/4 of the arugula on top followed by slices of figs and shallots. Spoon on dollops of goat cheese and drizzle with balsamic glaze. Cut into slices and serve immediately. Repeat with remaining dough and toppings.
Dough recipe from Food52.

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