Hot oysters in a Sauternes sabayon
From the one star french chef Patrick Asfaux
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Specially fattened greenish oysters in a Sauternes sabayon sauce
8 servings if part of a sampling menu or 4 servings if a normal starter portion) :
- 24 specially fattened greenish oysters (size N°2)
- 300 grams (2/3 pound) raw French endives, just wiped and cut as a julienne (thin sticks)
- 50 grams (1/10 pound) butter
- juice of half a lemon
- 1 teaspoon of caster sugar and half a teaspoon of allspice
- 2/10 liter (a small cup or slightly less than 1/3 bottle) of Sauternes wine
- 6 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup of liquid cream
- coarse salt (quite a big quantity - see below), table salt and ground black or white pepper
2. In the meantime, open your oysters, take them away from their shells but keep the (cleaned) shells.
3. Make the Sauternes boiling and then, pour the oysters only during 10 SECONDS (not more) in the wine and take them off the wine with a skimmer and put them on a dish.
4. reduce the wine to half of its quantity on the heat and then let it cool down to room temperature.
5. On a baking tray, put a thick layer of coarse salt on which the shells could stand horizontal.
6. Place the empty shells on the salt of the baking tray, then pour 1 soupspoon of 'confit'cooked endives in each of them then put 1 oyster per shell on top.
7. Prepare your sabayon sauce : in a saucepan put in a bain marie on a hot plate/hob, pour the reduced Sauternes wine and the yolks and stir with a whip like making a chantilly in order to introduce air in it and to cook it very gently until the sabayon has a creamy consistency. Then take the saucepan out of the bain-marie and IMMEDIATELY add the liquid cream, little table salt and ground pepper.
8. Heat the oven on the grill position
9. With a soupspoon, cover each oyster with some sabayon, then put on the oven, the grill facing the sabayon until it is browend (2-3 minutes).
Put some coarse salt on each serving dish before putting the oysters (in their shell)on it and also serve a small grass of the (cold) wine you have used to make this recipe.
PS: in most recipes, you will notice that the chefs use the sea water of the oysters to poach them but I find it too much iodated and some of my customers found it too much salted (even if I never salted the dish when using the sea water of the oysters)so it is now your choice ...
You can prepare everything in advance except the last phase under the grill because this last phase bring enough heat for the oysterds and for the endives.
Sauternes (or Barsac) is a gorgeous natural sweet wine of the Bordeaux area. You can also, as an alternative, use a late harvesting wine from Alsace.