I know I've written about oysters in past posts, but Ocracoke shellfish are such delicacies that I can't resist mentioning them once again.
A few days ago (as we do several times each winter) a group of friends gathered around a kitchen table covered with newspapers. Steamed oysters were piled onto the papers. The only other items on the table were a small bowl of cocktail sauce, a small bowl of melted butter, saltines, a few oyster knives, and cans of beer.
For a couple of hours we just sat at the table, opened oysters, dipped them in butter or cocktail sauce, plopped them in our mouths (with or without crackers), and washed them down with cold beer. Oh, we also laughed a lot, and told jokes, and stories of nautical mishaps.
It would be difficult to imagine a simpler, more delicious, or more satisfying evening meal!
Here are a couple of photos:
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Ocracoke and the "Lost" Colony. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news112111.htm.