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Gram Irene’s Oyster Stew – Great for Your Immune System

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We were exposed to a bug last week via friends who didn't know that they were contagious at the time, so I've been bumping up our vitamin C, D, spice and probiotic consumption. To get a natural dose of zinc, which has also been proven effective at boosting your immune system, I made up a batch of oyster stew.

Oyster Stew - This rich, savory soup combines the natural decongestant of bone broth with the cold busting zinc from oysters to boost your immune system.

When I was a little girl, we usually had oyster stew only once a year, on Christmas Eve. Here in the Midwest, fresh oysters have just started showing up for the holiday season. I used canned today, because that's what I had in the house, but fresh are great if you can get them. This recipe uses bone broth made from chicken to take advantage of chicken's natural decongestant properties.

Oyster Stew with Bone Broth Recipe

Ingredients

1/3 cup butter
3 cloves of minced garlic
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped (one small or 1/2 large onion)
2 sticks of celery, finely chopped

1/3 cup flour
2 carrots, finely chopped

4 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
16 ounces oysters, canned or fresh
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon turmeric

Directions

Melt butter in a soup pot, add in the garlic, onions, celery, and carrots and sauté until crisp tender. Add flour. Mix well until the flour is cooked into the vegetables.

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Add your chicken broth and parsley. Mix well.

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Add oysters. If canned, heat through, if raw, simmer gently until edges start to curl, about 3-5 minutes. Don't overcook or they will get rubbery.

Reduce heat and add cream, curry, pepper and turmeric. Stir until blended. Cover and simmer gently for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Do not boil, or the cream will curdle. This soup reheats well and is even more flavorful the second day. Promptly refrigerate leftovers. Serves 8-10 people.

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Oyster Stew

This rich, savory soup combines the natural decongestant of bone broth with the cold busting zinc from oysters to boost your immune system.

Ingredients

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  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped (one small or 1/2 large onion)
  • 2 sticks of celery, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 carrots, finely chopped
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 16 ounces oysters, canned or fresh
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in a soup pot, add in the garlic, onions, celery, and carrots and sauté until crisp tender. Add flour. Mix well until the flour is cooked into the vegetables.
  2. Add your chicken broth and parsley. Mix well.
  3. Add oysters. If canned, heat through, if raw, simmer gently until edges start to curl, about 3-5 minutes. Don’t overcook or they will get rubbery.
  4. Reduce heat and add cream, curry, pepper and turmeric. Stir until blended. Cover and simmer gently for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Do not boil, or the cream will curdle. This soup reheats well and is even more flavorful the second day. Promptly refrigerate leftovers. Serves 8-10 people.

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6 Comments

  1. Yum… my husband has been asking me to make oyster stew for years!
    Sadly when I went to pin this to my "bone broths, soups, stews…" board on pinterest, I got the little message window that says "sorry we can't see any big images or videos on this page"! This happens a lot on your posts… do you have any idea why?

  2. No clue. I've never used Pinterest. I do appreciate you mentioning this. Maybe someone else has some ideas?

  3. Just made this and we are getting ready to sit down to eat….I will post about how it TASTES but my house smells incredible…My 11yr old and 9yr old made it almost exclusively. Im excited!

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