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Fried Oysters with Deviled Egg Sauce and Bread and Butter Pickles

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Ingredients

Pickles

5 pounds pickling cucumbers, sliced

2 onions, julienned

⅓ cup salt

Brine

4 cups cider vinegar

4 cups sugar

2 teaspoons turmeric

2 teaspoons celery seed

2 teaspoons dill seed

½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

4 teaspoons mustard seed

Deviled Egg Sauce

5 eggs, hard-boiled, peeled, and chopped

4 teaspoons mayonnaise

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

¾ teaspoon Sriracha chili sauce

Pinch paprika

2 teaspoons caper juice

2 teaspoons pickle juice

Cayenne pepper and salt to taste

Breading

2 cups stone-ground cornmeal

½ cup all-purpose flour

Cayenne pepper and salt to taste

24−30 oysters, can be pre-shucked from reputable fishmonger

Vegetable oil for frying

Directions

  1. For pickles, toss cucumbers and onions in a bowl with salt.
  2. Take a second bowl, fill with ice, and place over the cucumbers and onion and let it stand for 6−12 hours.
  3. For brine, combine all ingredients, bring to a boil, and pour directly over cucumber and onion.
  4. Allow to cool slightly and place in refrigerator for at least one day (and up to two weeks).
  5. For deviled egg sauce, combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until very smooth. Add a little buttermilk if it needs help getting going.
  6. For breading, combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk lightly.
  7. To assemble, heat vegetable oil in a large deep skillet to 350 degrees.
  8. Dredge shucked oysters in breading and coat well. Shake off excess and fry until golden. Remove and drain on paper towels.
  9. Place small dollops of sauce on plate, top sauce with oysters, and garnish with pickles.
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