Oyster stew has been a holiday tradition in my family, but I wanted a version without the milk or cream in my Mom’s, or the various scary ingredients in the canned. Mine does use ghee, but you could easily substitute any other fat if that doesn’t work for you: butter, bacon drippings, lard, duck fat… It also takes advantage of canned coconut milk and oysters for convenience, but would be even better with fresh. Best of all, you can enjoy this whenever you want – because you can literally throw it together in a few minutes!
Joe’s Easy Oyster Stew
1 14 oz can coconut milk
1 8 oz can boiled oysters
2 Tbs ghee
⅛ tsp white pepper
⅛ tsp sea salt
optional: ½ cup jelled bone broth and/or ¼ tsp gelatin for additional body and nutrition
Mix ingredients in a saucepan and heat to serving temperature. Flavor is better if simmered for 10-15 minutes.
I’m one of those people who consider coconut milk something of a staple. I’ve been known to travel with it for use in hotel/restaurant coffee. Until recently, I had to choose between the brands in BPA-free cans and the ones without problematic additives like guar gum and carrageenan.
Estrogenic activity from BPA has been linked to diabetes, ADHD, endocrine problems, heart disease, infertility and cancer. Guar gum and carrageenan have been associated with a variety of digestive issues, and more than a trace of guar makes my tummy unpleasantly gurgly.
Great news: Natural Value has finally brought to market a canned coconut milk free of all these things, and if you live near Madison you can get it at the Willy Street Co-op! (I may have a had a little tiny bit to do with this.) It’s been available for a while by mail, but I’m happy I can now get it at the grocery store!
Since it’s just organic coconut and water, it’s not as inexplicably smooth as the other canned milks – more like homemade, actually. Delicious coconutty taste, nice fat content, and well worth a little extra stir to avoid those extra chemicals.
Willy Street Co-op in Madison now offers So Delicious unsweetened coconut milk as a milk option for smoothies, coffee drinks, etc! While I’d prefer one without carageenan and guar gum (inconvenient for a variety of reasons), this is a big step in the right direction, and one I’m happy to see! Stop at the Co-op and order something with coconut milk today!