Golden Oyster Stew

Recipe by Bev I Am
READY IN: 30mins
SERVES: 6
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 2
    tablespoons butter
  • 12
    cup onion, chopped
  • 12
    cup celery, sliced
  • 1
    (8 ounce) package fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 2
    tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2
    cups milk
  • 1
    cup cheddar cheese, shredded (sharp)
  • 1
    (10 3/4 ounce) can cream of potato soup, undiluted
  • 1
    (2 ounce) jar pimiento, undrained, diced
  • 14
    teaspoon salt
  • 14
    teaspoon pepper
  • 14
    teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1
    (12 ounce) container oysters, standard-size, undrained (save oyster "liquor")
  • saltines (optional) or oyster crackers (optional)
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DIRECTIONS

  • Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat; add onion and celery, and cook, stirring occasionally, 8 minutes or until tender.
  • Add mushrooms, and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Add flour, and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute.
  • Gradually stir in 2 cups milk; cook, stirring often, 5 minutes or until mixture is thickened and bubbly.
  • Reduce heat to low, and stir in cheese and next 5 ingredients.
  • Cook, stirring often, 3 minutes or until cheese melts and mixture is hot.
  • Add oysters and oyster liquor, and simmer 3 minutes or just until edges of oysters begin to curl.
  • Serve with crackers, if desired.
  • *Note:
  • To make ahead, prepare the stew through adding and melting cheese. Freeze the mixture in a large zip-top plastic freezer bag for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Heat in a Dutch oven over medium-low heat 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Proceed with recipe as directed.
  • **Choosing the Best: Fresh shucked oysters are found in the seafood department of supermarkets or at seafood markets. We don't recommend substituting canned oysters in this recipe. Fresh oysters come in 12-oz. containers and range in size from standards (the smallest) to counts (the largest). Standards and selects are the most economical and are the best choices for oyster stew.
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