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Matagorda Bay Oyster Stew Recipe

Posted on: December 5th, 2012 by fcasio 1 Comment

Matagorda Bay Oysters A-Plenty

For the Fall menu, Chef Danny has an eye on oysters. Last year the bay took a hit with the lack of rain but this year is anticipated to be a great year for Matagorda Bay oysters. All of our menus, including the bar menu, reflect the bounty. Some items on the menu:

Oyster Dome Soup (pictured) delicately poached Texas oysters, purple majesty potatoes, Brennan’s bacon, melted leeks and Herbsaint cream

Crispy Oyster BLT house bacon & caramelized onion mousse smoked cherry tomatoes, baby arugula and Creole mustard glaze

Blue Crab Stuffed Flounder filled with Louisiana blue crab, St. Andre cheese, baby spinach and fire roasted mushrooms over Oyster Chaudiere

Brennan’s Matagorda Bay Oyster Stew

Matagroda Bay Oyster Stew Recipe

Yields 4 Quarts


8 oz bacon, small dice

2 ea onion, small dice

3 stalks celery, small dice

10 cloves garlic, minced

2 ea green bell peppers, small dice

1/4 c flour

3 c Pernod

1 qt oyster liquor

3 ea bay leaves

1-1/2 lbs potato, purple, small dice

1 c heavy cream

3 pints oyster, shucked

1 bunch, green onions, thinly sliced

2 tbsp butter (optional)



Place a soup pot on high heat for 1 minute. Add bacon and cook to render for about 5 minutes, or until fat is clear, stirring occasionally. Add the onions, celery, garlic, peppers and cook for about 15 minutes.

Add the flour, stirring constantly so that nothing sticks to the bottom during cooking. Cook for about 2 minutes or until the flour is well distributed and the mixture thickens. Add Pernod and cook for about 3 minutes or until the alcohol is cooked out then add stock and bay leaves and simmer uncovered about 3 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

Stir in the cream, bring to a boil, cook for 2 minutes and add the oysters. Cook until the edges of the oysters curl, then season with salt, pepper and green onions.

Enjoy the bounty!

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One Response

  1. Len Kowitz says:

    I was fortunate enough to have a cup of this wonderful oyster stew last night and all I would say is; Don’t miss it! It is wonderful!

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