Ingredient: minced garlic

Charbroiled

Drago’s Style Charbroiled Oysters

Drago’s Style Charbroiled Oysters

The world celebrated Mardi Gras on Tuesday and with the Winter oyster season nearing its end we thought we’d share a New Orleans inspired recipe we think you’ll love that involves charbroiled oysters…yum!

Drago’s Seafood Restaurant officially opened in February 1969 in Metairie, Louisiana. Owners Drago and Klara Cvitanovich are part of a close-knit Croatian community that has thrived in New Orleans since the 1800s.

Drago Cvitanovich has been the oyster king of New Orleans for four decades. Like most other people in the oyster business, he was a Croatian immigrant. When he opened his restaurant in the 1970s, he kept his ties with his countrymen down the river, and as a result always had the best oysters available.

Drago’s son Tommy, who now runs the restaurant, created this dish in the early 1990s. It became wildly popular, and restaurants all over town now copy the dish. It’s simple enough.  Don’t attempt this without freshly-shucked oysters and an outdoor grill.

Yields 6 oysters (consider doubling or tripling as needed).

Posted February 27 2017

Recipe published online at www.nolacuisine.com. For more great recipes visit Alison’s Recipe Box at mottschannelseafood.com/alisons-recipe-box/.

Charbroiled
Drago's Style Charbroiled Oysters
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Servings
6 pieces
Servings
6 pieces
Charbroiled
Drago's Style Charbroiled Oysters
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Servings
6 pieces
Servings
6 pieces
Ingredients
The Sauce
The Oysters
Servings: pieces
Instructions
  1. For the sauce: Mix together all of the ingredients. For the oysters: Mix together all of the ingredients.
  2. Heat a charcoal or gas grill until very, very hot. Place the oysters on the hottest spot on the grill and let them cook in their own juices for a few minutes, just until they start to bubble and the edges curl.
  3. Top each with a generous portion of the sauce, enough to fill up the shell. When the sauce starts to bubble and sizzle sprinkle each oyster with about a Tbsp of Pecorino Romano. Let the Oysters go until the sauce on the edges of the shells gets nice and brown.
  4. Garnish with minced Parsley.
  5. Serve while still sizzling with Lemon wedges and fresh bread.
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shrimp etoufee

Emeril Lagasse’s Shrimp Etoufee

Emeril Lagasse's Shrimp Etoufee
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Servings Prep Time
10 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Emeril Lagasse's Shrimp Etoufee
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Servings Prep Time
10 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter in a large Dutch oven set over medium heat. Add the flour and stir continuously to make a roux. Stir the roux over medium heat until the color of peanut butter, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the onions, bell peppers, celery, and garlic to the roux, and cook, stirring often, for 10 minutes.
  2. Add the tomatoes to the pot and season with the bay leaves, salt, cayenne, and 1 tablespoon of the Essence. Cook the tomatoes for 2 to 3 minutes and then whisk in the shrimp stock.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil, and reduce to a simmer. Cook the etouffee, stirring occasionally, for 45 minutes. Season the shrimp with the remaining tablespoon of Essence and add them to the pot, stirring to evenly distribute. Cook the shrimp for 5 to 7 minutes, or until they are cooked through. Add the chopped parsley to the pot and stir to combine.
  4. Serve immediately over steamed white rice and garnish with sliced green onion tops.
Shrimp Stock
  1. Place the shrimp shells and heads in a large colander and rinse under cold running water for several minutes. Combine the shrimp shells and remaining ingredients in a heavy 6-quart stockpot, add 4 quarts water, and bring to a boil over high heat. Skim to remove any foam that rises to the surface. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, for 45 minutes, skimming occasionally.
  2. Remove the stock from the heat and strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean container; let cool completely.
  3. Refrigerate the stock for up to 3 days or freeze in airtight containers for up to 2 months.
Essence
  1. Combine all ingredients thoroughly.
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