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hangtown fry

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Mikekey *
Seattle, WA

An oyster omelet. Legend says a miner walked into the Cary Hotel in Hangtown during the California Gold Rush and demanded the most expensive dish. Eggs were over a dollar a piece and oyster were even more expensive, so this is what the chef came up with. Use jarred small Pacific oysters, drained and patted dry.

(1 rating)
yield 4 -6
prep time 10 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For hangtown fry

  • 12 sm
    raw oysters, patted dry (jarred oysters)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1 lg
    egg, beaten
  • cracker crumbs, as needed
  • 3 Tbsp
    unsalted butter
  • 8 lg
    eggs, beaten

How To Make hangtown fry

  • 1
    Mix flour with salt and pepper in a shallow bowl. In another bowl, beat 1 egg. In another bowl, add cracker crumbs. Beat 8 eggs in another mixing bowl and set aside.
  • 2
    Heat butter in large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • 3
    Dip oyster in flour mixture, then egg, then roll in cracker crumbs. Repeat with all oysters. Fry in butter until browned; turn them over and fry other side until browned.
  • 4
    Leaving oysters in pan, pour eggs over them and cook until firm. Flip the omelet over and cook on other side until done.
  • 5
    Divide into 2 or 4 portions and serve.

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