We didn't quite eat all of the oysters last night, but David was a perfect gentleman and shucked the remainder. We had just about a pint and a half left over, so I invited David & Amy & Lachlan to my house tonight for oyster fritters.
I used Chris & Mabel Gaskill's recipe in the "Ocracoke Cookbook." For any of you folks out there who are lucky enough to come into possession of freshly harvested oysters (preferably from right here in Pamlico Sound) I share the recipe with you:
1 pint oysters (Chris & Mabel specify unchopped, but I put them in the blender)
1 tsp. baking powder
1 c. pancake flour
2 tbsp. finely chopped onion
Salt & pepper to taste
Mix all together. Heat cooking oil in frying pan. Drop batter into the hot oil by spoonfuls. Brown on each side.
We ate oyster fritters (sometimes O'cockers call them flitters) until we could eat no more. As we say here on the island, they were "good some!" Amy sauteed green beans with garlic to go with them. Everyone should be so fortunate as to eat this well.
Our current monthly Ocracoke Newsletter is Gary Mitchell's essay "I Believe in Pot-Lucks," published January 23, 2006. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news012306.htm.