03 June 2009

Recipe: Oyster Soup

From Denny: Touted as a rock star on the food scene in New Orleans comes a simple recipe anyone can do!

Here's an excerpt from the article about him from Country Roads Magazine. For the rest of the interesting article, go here:

Appearing on Food & Wine magazine’s cover as one of America’s ten best new chefs for 2007 must be the culinary equivalent of being on the cover of Rolling Stone.

Even in a world of rock-star chefs, Ian Schnoebelen might not have perceived himself in that limelight. Iris’ chef-and co-owner Schnoebelen was caught by surprise by the honor although Food & Wine‘s representatives had been calling the restaurant and asking questions.

“I was excited they were interested in the restaurant but had no idea they had chosen me for best new chefs,” Schnoebelen said. As far as seeing himself on the magazine’s cover, he said, “It was great, especially for business, but a little embarrassing.”

Schnoebelen will have to get used to the attention. He’s made the city proud and he’s turning out fantastic fresh cuisine at the tiny forty-two-seat restaurant he co-owns with partner Laurie Casebonne."

From: Chef Ian Schnoebelen at restaurant Iris, New Orleans, Louisiana, published in Country Roads Magazine


5 lbs Vidalia onions (mild, sweet onions)

4 ribs celery

4 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed

2 quarts fish stock

1 quart milk

Salt and pepper to taste

8 doz oysters

Sweat vegetables in medium potatoes with no color. Add liquids. Bring to boil. Turn down and simmer until potatoes are soft, stirring bottom of pot occasionally. Puree in blender and strain through medium fine sieve. Add freshly shucked oysters and oyster liquor as needed, about 4 oysters per 8 oz. Serving. The oyster will cook in simmering soup.

Fish Stock:

1 cup fish scraps

1/4 onion, diced

1 celery rib, sliced thinly

2 quarts water, cold


Place all ingredients in sauce pot and bring to a boil. Skim and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain through sieve and cool.

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