Do you have any people in your life that you like, but also really want to impress? It could be a mother in law, or a boss, or a fashionable new friend. This is the insta-party for them. It’s rich, delicious, and impressive. AND it’s not too hard on the wallet, but your guest won’t know that! Smoked oysters are one of my favorite treats. They can be found in any grocery store (look near the canned tuna), are budget friendly, but taste decadent. I like mine on a cracker with a large squeeze of fresh lemon, but squirting a guest in the eyeball with lemon juice is pretty bad party behavior. But squeeze the lemon over the oysters before serving, toss on some fresh parsley, and whoa.
Marinated Smoked Oysters (serves 2)
1 tin smoked oysters, drained
juice from 1/2 lemon
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
fresh parsley, torn into small bits
Combine all ingredients and stir gently. The oysters are fragile, so a vigorous stir will pulverize them. The result would still be tasty, but not very pretty. Serve with crackers (and you know by crackers, I mean Triscuits).
I told my husband I was going to try a new recipe for a drink that involved stout and sparkling wine. He looked at me like I had two heads. He got even less pleased when I requested one of his special cherry stout home brews for said experiment. Then he tasted it. Direct quote – ‘When you told me about this, I thought it was a piss poor idea. But this is actually really tasty.’ I rest my case.
Cherry Black Velvet (makes one drink)
Cherry Stout (or regular stout like Guinness, see below for addition)
Maraschino cherry juice (if you can’t find cherry stout)
Combine all ingredients and stir gently. Serve in a champagne flute, mostly because it’s pretty awesome to see a black drink in a champagne flute.