Raw oysters are one of those shellfish that you either love or hate. They do, however, have a reputation as an aphrodisiac, which has helped increase their popularity. If you have never eaten a raw oyster before, make sure that you squeeze lemon juice on it and watch to make sure it contracts before you eat it.
Oysters on Ice with Shallots, Red Wine Vinegar, and Lemon
- 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 2/3 cup red wine vinegar
- 3 Tbsp. good red wine
- 5-6 shallots, finely chopped
- crushed ice to serve
- 12 native oysters
- 2 lemons, halved
Make the shallot dressing by combining salt, pepper, vinegar, wine, and shallots in a bowl. Leave in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
Place the ice on a silver serving plate and sprinkle with salt to prevent it from melting too quickly. Make sure the oysters are freed from the shell, then place each on a half shell on top of the ice.
Serve with lemon and the shallot dressing.