FRIDAY FOOD THING
Smoked oysters: you either like them or you don’t. And just like with their brethren sardines, I suspect most folks don’t.
This is one of my favorite views of a snack in progress. (Relax. That’s not my thumb!) You can bet, somewhere off camera, there is a nearby stack of Triscuit, Saltine, Ritz or table crackers, but it’s the oysters scrunched up inside their own tidy carrying case that steal the show. There are myriad brands of smoked canned oysters — I’ve tried many of them — and, like any fine food, each one has its unique taste. Some good, some not so good.
Unfortunately, smaller grocery stores like the ones I visit, are not prone to stocking a large variety of these types of unusual food items, which is a shame. While different brand names show up on the shelves from time to time, they are almost always at the lower end of the price structure, and like caviar, quality makes huge swings in-between price ranges. Which is why I am pleased to inform you oyster lovers out there (both of you) that the “Chicken of the Sea” variety tastes pretty darned good.
Chicken of the Sea oysters are half-again smaller than the ones you see here to the left. I was going to take a picture of them just before snack time late last night, but — well, somewhere in-between the crackers and my La-Z-Boy, I was just way too slow dragging out the camera.
I like to add miniscule amounts of onion powder, oregano, red Cayenne pepper, coarse ground black pepper (or lemon pepper), a single drop of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce and a pinch of chopped basil. The oysters don’t seem to mind.
“Do you have Prince Oyster in a can?
“Why — yes, we do.”
“Better let him out!