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Yum! This is a very good recipe. It is our new standard oyster stew. The little bit of tabasco and the thyme subtly liven it up. I do question whether this recipe could actually serve 6 people -- 4 is more like it.
This stew is much better than what my mother use to make. I used 3 7oz cans of oysters and their juice. I substituted parsley for the chives and omited the tabasco for my children. DH really loved it. Thanks for the great recipe.
I made this for Christmas Eve last year ('06) I just realized when I went hunting for the recipe to make again this year that I didn't rate it. Needless to say if I'm making it again it was a huge hit! The addition of the potato, carrot, and celery are very nice. Thanks for sharing.
My hubby requested oyster soup for Christmas Eve. I started preparing this recipe, then was called away to deal with something else. Hubby finished the soup, but didn't follow the recipe exactly. He didn't include the thyme or tabasco and instead used Worcestershire sauce. I also didn't have any chives on hand, but he stirred in some chopped parsley. The recipe doesn't state when to add the bacon (I have sent a message to the posting chef), and we used it as a yummy garnish. I am not exactly an oyster soup fan, but Hubby was pleased with it.