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Source: America's Favorite Food Associations

Broiled Oysters with Virginia Ham
Makes a great seafood appetizer!
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Serves: varies
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
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36 oysters
12 ounces heavy cream
2 ounces butter, unsalted
3 stalks celery, finely diced
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1 celery root, peeled and diced and kept in acidulated water
1/2 bunch parsley, flat leaf, picked and coarsely chopped
2-3 ounces ham, finely diced
2 lemons, grate skins and juice
2 bay leaves
seasalt
cracked black pepper




Shuck the oysters and drain, saving the oyster liquor for the sauce and the top shells. In a non-corrosive sauce pan add the oyster liquor, 8 oz. of the heavy cream, the celery seed, bay leaves, parsley stems, lemon zest and juice. Bring to a boil and let reduce by 1/8. Strain through a fine sieve and return the cream mixture to the sauce pan. Add the finely diced celery and ham and bring to a boil. Add the black pepper and check for saltiness as the the ham will add a great deal of salt to the mixture. If too salty (hams with vary in saltiness) add a little more cream. Keep warm.
Drain the celery root and in another sauce pan, add the celery root and cover with fresh, salted water and bring to a boil. Cook until tender and drain. In a food processor, add the celery root, butter and remaining cream and puree.
Place a 1/2 tsp. of the celery root puree in each of the oyster shells, top with one oyster and spoon the celery ham cream over the oysters. Place the filled oysters on bed of sea salt on a sheet pan and broil in the oven for about 5 minutes or until browning and bubbly. Serve at once.





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