Back in the day, when I was shlepping jobs to get through culinary school, I was an Oyster Shucker in a fancy seafood restaurant. I always slurped down a few of my own at the end of the night. So many varieties, but my favorite remains the petite Kumamoto oyster, and now I am sharing my favorite way to enjoy them. Nothing like a fresh, sweet, succulent oyster topped with my fresh cucumber; melon granita.
To make your life easier, prepare the melon granita ahead of time— and store it in the freezer for up to one week. This recipe is a delicious variation on a classic mignonette.
Kumamoto Oysters are not only delicious, but because of their deep-cupped shells, they are great for holding delicious sauces and toppings, plus they are classic for their petite meats accompanied by a very mild brine perfect for a first-timer! Kumomoto Oysters have a distinctly sweet flavor with a lovely honeydew finish. One of my favorites !
8 ounces of sweet watermelon, cantaloupe or honey dew. Washed, peeled and cut into small dice
10-12 ounces of watermelon (for the granita)
1/2 fresh lemon, zested and juiced
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1-2 dozen fresh Kumamoto oysters, scrubbed well
1 english cucumber, peeled de-seeded and cut into small dice- about the same size as the melon
1 spring fresh baby thyme leaves
1 fingerling lime,
Fresh edible flowers
1 Serrano chili, cut paper thin
Here’s How :
In the bowl of your food processor puree the 10-12 ounces of melon until smooth. Strain mixture through a fine sieve into a 5-by-9-inch non-reactive small shallow glass pan. Discarding any solids. Stir in lemon juice, and zest add a pinch of salt. Taste, and adjust seasoning with additional salt if necessary. Cover and freeze until firm, a minimum of 3 hours, scraping with a fork every hour.
When completely frozen, scrape it again until fluffy. Set aside in the freezer while shucking oysters. Once oysters are cleaned and shucked and arrange on a bed of crushed ice, or rock salt and fresh sea grass for garnish.
Remove watermelon granita from the freezer and top each oyster with about 1 teaspoon each, making sure to place on the narrow end of the oyster shell. Top with diced cucumbers, a fresh baby thyme leaf, and a few beads from the fingerling lime. Complete by topping off with a paper thin slice of serrano chili.
Serve immediatly with Ice Cold Vodka shots, petals of edible flowers and micro-green to complete.