"He was a bold man that first eat an oyster"   Jonathan Swift

OysterCredit: wikipedia

Oyster Bisque
1 quart fresh oysters
3 cups chicken stock
1-1/2 cups fine bread crumbs
1/3 cup onion, finely chopped
1 cup celery, finely chopped
salt and white pepper to taste
1 quart milk
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup sherry

   Step 1...Drain oysters and reserve liquid. Chop oysters. Pour the 3 cups chicken stock in a soup kettle. Add reserved oyster liquid, 1-1/2 cups bread crumbs, 1/3 cup onion, 1 cup celery, salt and pepper. Boil slowly, stirring often for about 30 minutes.
   Step 2...Process in blender container or food processor until onion and celery are pureed, then return to soup kettle. Add oysters and heat thoroughly, but do not over cook. Stir in the 1 quart milk and  1/4 cup sherry and heat through. Ladle into bowls and serve immediately.
   Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Hearty Oyster Stew
1 pint oysters

4 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
pepper to taste
dash of Tabasco sauce
1 pint milk
1 pint light cream
2 teaspoons butter

Drain oysters, reserve liquid.
   Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a heavy saucepan; add salt, pepper and Tabasco. Add reserved liquid to the pot and stir to blend well. Add oysters, cook only until edges begin to curl, about 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in 1 pint milk and 1 pint cream, bring to a boil, but do not boil.
   Spoon into hot bowls; dot each bowl with butter and a healthy dash of paprika.
Makes 4 servings.

Barbecued Oysters
3 dozen large oysters in shells
bread crumbs
1/2 pound bacon, thinly sliced

   Step 1...Wash oyster shells thoroughly. Open oysters and discard the flat part of the shell. Separate oysters from curved shell, but allow each to remain loosely in shell.
   Step 2...Cover oysters with bread crumbs and season with paprika. Cover each with bacon. Place in one layer under broiler, until bacon is cooked through.
   Serve in shells.
Makes 6 servings.

Broiled Oysters
24 oysters, shelled
melted butter
dried bread crumbs
6 slices toast, cut into uniform pieces
salt and pepper to taste
few drops of lemon juice
   Step 1...Dry oysters between paper towels. Heat broiler; grease pan well. Dip oysters in melted butter, then in bread crumbs, arrange on broiler pan. Broil about 3 minutes.
   Step 2...Moisten toast with hot oyster juice; place 4 broiled oysters on each slice. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice.
Makes 6 servings.

Fried Oysters
1 pint oystersFried OystersCredit: Google images
salt and pepper
flour for dredging
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2  cup cracker or bread crumbs

   Step 1...Pick over oysters to remove any shell fragments and dry between paper towels. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and flour. Dip in egg diluted with a little cold water. Roll in bread or cracker crumbs.
   Step 2...Fry in deep, hot (375 degree F) fat 4 to 6 minutes. Drain.
Makes 4 servings.