Easy? Check. Impressive? If I do say so. Let this festive oysters recipe be your holiday season party trick.
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I love a good holiday cocktail party, don’t you? It doesn’t have to be anything tooooo fancy — better if it’s not, in fact. But a little bit of an excuse to feel pretty, be festive and have fun is always a good thing at this time of year. (Introvert real talk: an hour before getting ready, I rue the day I committed to a party like this, whether hosting or attending. But upon arrival everything changes, and I’m always beyond glad to have made it happen.)
I won’t lie. I love getting together with friends, but a nearly equal measure of holiday party happiness for me comes from great food and drink. (Just try to act a little bit surprised for my benefit, okay? I know it’s not the biggest shocker of your life.)
That said, it’s a busy time of year at a busy time of life. And even though I truly love to cook, nurturing that love involves pacing myself rather than cooking to death all the time. So a perfect holiday cocktail party might go something like this:
Assemble a show-stopping cheese board in 15 minutes.
Consider one signature cocktail for the event (maybe this one).
Buy a mixed case of good, affordable wines. (Oh hey, Cavit Pinot Grigio and Select Red Blend!)
Ask a few guests to bring bite-sized desserts of their choosing.
Cook just a few things, most of which can be made ahead of time, and only one of which is a bit of a production. How about:
- Some veggies and a five-minute dip that accommodates many dietary restrictions
- Something hearty in the guise of something elegant, like mac and cheese baked in mini muffin tins
- One truly special dish to finish up at the last minute, like the stunner of an oysters recipe that you see here.
And that’s it!
A few words about oyster shucking
I’ll say this: I’m impressed with the first people who figured out that oysters are edible (or that there’s a way to open the shell at all, to be honest). I’ll continue to be impressed no matter how many times someone says, “Well, they were starving, probably.” Still. This is one of those kitchen skills that you CAN get good at with hardly any persistence at all, and no more than half as much bravery as it takes to show up at your first yoga class. Take it from someone who’s cut herself on a stalk of Brussels sprouts: if I can shuck, you can shuck. For a great tutorial, watch the short video from BBC Good Food linked in the notes section of the recipe below.
And that’s all there is to it!
For another nice-looking hors d’oeuvre that pairs well with Cavit Pinot Grigio, check out this video, and get the written recipe here.
Happy party planning. Talk to you soon.
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Party-Ready Oysters Recipe with Herbed Butter and Prosciutto
This festive hors d'oeuvre is easy to make and impressive to serve. The herbs and prosciutto hint at Christmas colors while adding irresistible flavor. This recipe pairs beautifully with a light, crisp white wine such as Cavit's Pinot Grigio. You'll need an oyster knife to shuck the oysters, but it doesn't have to be a fancy one.
- 12 medium to large oysters, whatever variety you prefer
- 4 tablespoons salted butter
- 1 medium shallot, minced
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
- Zest of 1 lemon, plus a squeeze of the juice
- 2 slices Prosciutto, finely chopped
- Kosher salt for the pan