Recipe Roundup: Southern Seafood Spectacular

Recipe for Cornmeal-Crusted Oysters with Sriracha Rémoulade, adpated by the James Beard Foundation

 

Make yourself a pitcher of sweet tea to sip alongside this Southern-inspired menu of fried oysters, sweet olive-oil poached shrimp, a spicy crayfish ragout, and a towering coconut cake. Porch swing not included.

 

Cornmeal-Crusted Oysters with Sriracha Rémoulade

You'll want to dip everything in your fridge into the spicy, lime-spiked mayo that accompanies these crisp fried oysters.

 

Poached Shrimp with Creamed Corn, Marinated Tomatoes, Butter Beans, and Basil

Butter beans are a Southern staple, but lima beans make a fine substitute.... Read more >

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In Season: Tomatoes

tomato recipes, curated by the James Beard Foundation

 

Remember a few years ago, when tomato blight pretty much wiped out the harvest throughout the East Coast, and nary a Caprese salad was made the whole summer? This year is pretty much the opposite of that, tomato-wise. Our CSA box this week was loaded with six pounds of sweet red and yellow tomatoes, and apparently there are many more to come. Bring it, we say.

 

How to Store: Do not refrigerate tomatoes. We repeat: do not refrigerate tomatoes—keep them at room temperature. Refrigerating tomatoes damages the fruits’ membranes and their flavor-producing enzymes, rendering them mealy and tasteless. Fresh tomatoes stored in a bowl on the kitchen counter should keep for a few days to a week.

 

How to Cook: When tomatoes are at their peak, it feels like a shame not to eat them in their purest form: sliced, liberally drizzled with olive oil, and sprinkled with sea salt and a few torn basil leaves. But take advantage of this... Read more >

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Recipe: Oysters with Spicy Tomato Granité

 

We have Long Island–based chef Lia Fallon to thank for this inspired garnish for raw oysters. She slow-roasts plum tomatoes until they're lightly caramelized, then blends them with vodka, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, and Tabasco. (If the combination sounds familiar, that's because it's the classic recipe for an invigorating Bloody Mary.) The purée is then frozen and flaked with a fork, resulting in a bracing ice that adds a spicy punch to briny bivalves. 

 

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September's Best Recipes

Carrot Soup
 

Here are our recipe tester’s favorite recipes from the past month:

Chilled Carrot Soup with Golden Raisins, Cashews, and Yogurt Seek out pure, Indian-style chile powder to use in this pleasantly spiced and lush soup.

Stewed Octopus with Tomatoes Made with baby octopus and a handful of other ingredients that you may already have in your kitchen, this one-pot stew is a delicious and satisfying weeknight meal.

Poached Black Cod with Sausage-Spiced... Read more >

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Recipe: Stewed Octopus with Tomatoes

Stewed Octopus with San Marzano TomatoesThis simple and satisfying stew from New Jersey chef Michael Weisshaupt calls for canned tomatoes, but you could also try making your own chunky sauce with end-of-season tomatoes from the market. If you don't have the time, pick up a can of San Marzano plum tomatoes from Italy, which Weisshaupt favors. Get the recipe here.

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Tomato Recipes

tomatoes Tomato season is in full bloom, and we’re getting our hands on as many of the red, green, yellow, or purple fruits while we can. We’ve compiled some of our favorite ways to prepare these bulbous beauties. A Perfect Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwich Can the classic BLT really be improved? Jennifer McLagan, who smears her sandwich with a mouthwatering bacon fat mayonnaise, just might convince us. Beefsteak Tomato and Onion Salad A simple salad for those who think a tomato is best unadorned. Bucatini with Green Tomato

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