Oysters Bienville

donna morales


This dish is named in honor Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, the french colonial governor of Louisiana, who founded New Orleans in 1718. Here in the south oyster season usually opens sometime in November and closes sometime in April. We were raised being told to only eat oysters with months that have a "r" in them, especially if you were going to eat them raw.


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  • 1 stick
  • 1/4 lb
    mushroom, chopped
  • 2
    dozen freshly shucked oysters with their liquor
  • ·
    rock salt
  • 1/4 c
    chopped green onions (white and green part)
  • 1/4 tsp
    minced garlic
  • 6 Tbsp
    all-purpose flour
  • 2 large
    egg yolks
  • 1/2 c
    chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 c
    heavy cream
  • 1/2 lb
    grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp
  • 6 Tbsp
    seasoned bread crumbs
  • ·
    lemon wedges for serving

How to Make Oysters Bienville


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

    In a small skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat and saute' the mushroom until tender. Drain and set aside.

    Drain the oysters, reserving 1 cup of the liquor (or substitute milk or chicken broth). Cover a large baking dish (or as many baking dishes as you need) with rock salt. Fit as many oyster shells as you can in each dish. Place an oyster in each shell. (You may also use ramekins, placing 4 oysters in each one)

    Melt the remaining 6 tablespoons of butter in a 9 inch skillet over medium heat. Saute' the green onions and garlic for 5 minutes. SLowly add the flour and stir to make a smooth mixture. Remove from heat.

    In a small bowl, beat the egg yolks, and stir in the parsley and cream. Stir the yolk mixture into the green onion and flour mixture, blending them well. Add the 1 cup of oyster liquor and cook over low heat, stirring, until it becomes a thick, creamy sauce.

    To the sauce, add the drained chopped mushroom, cheese, and salt. Stir until the cheese is melted and well blended.

    Spoon this sauce over the oysters and sprinkle with bread crumbs. Bake for 15 minutes, or until browned. Serve immediately with lemon wedges.

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About Oysters Bienville

Course/Dish: Seafood Appetizers

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