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Oysters with Frozen Champagne Mignonette (Granite)

Oysters with Frozen Champagne Mignonette (Granite)

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  • 1/2 Cup champagne
  • 1/4 Cup champagne vinegar or white-wine vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 Cup shallots, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon smashed pink peppercorns
  • 2 dozen oysters shucked on the half-shell, placed on a bowl of ice


Place all ingredients in a small sauce pot, except oysters. Stir to dissolve sugar.
Bring to a boil and strain through a mesh strainer into a shallow bowl.
Place the bowl in the freezer overnight.
When oysters are ready, take granite out of freezer and using a fork, scrape the frozen mignonette — it should flake off easily. Place 1 teaspoon of frozen granite on top of each oyster and serve.

Nutritional Facts


Calories Per Serving209

Folate equivalent (total)23µg6%

Riboflavin (B2)0.5mg27.9%

  1. For mignonnette
    • 2 teaspoons Champagne vinegar
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped shallot
    • Pinch of coarsely ground black pepper
    • Pinch of sugar
    • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  2. For oysters
    • 1 1/2 cups kosher or other coarse salt
    • 1/2 dozen small oysters, such as Kumamoto or Prince Edward Island, shells scrubbed well and oysters left on the half shell, their liquor reserved and oysters picked over for shell fragments
    • 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut into 6 pieces
    • 1 small cluster Champagne table grapes or 2 finely diced seedless red grapes
  1. Make mignonnette:
    1. Stir together vinegar, shallot, pepper, and sugar and let stand 30 minutes.
    1. Preheat broiler.
    2. Spread 3/4 cup salt in an 8- to 10-inch flameproof shallow baking dish or pan. Arrange oysters on their shells in salt, then top each with a piece of butter.
    3. Broil 4 to 6 inches from heat until butter is melted and sizzling and edges of oysters are beginning to curl, 1 to 2 minutes.
    4. Stir parsley into mignonnette. Divide remaining 3/4 cup salt between 2 plates and arrange 3 oysters on each. Spoon 1/4 teaspoon mignonnette over each oyster and sprinkle oysters with grapes. Serve warm.

    Oysters with Mignonette Granita

    David “Bogey” Pinson has evolved as a most talented chef. He is fearless at trying new recipes and can be relied upon to produce some quite elegant meals. He frequently consults with Thérèse on current food trends and we often prepare the same recipes from Food and Wine, Cooks Illustrated and Bon Appetite. During our visit to the Dallas Market (Gift Show) this year, David served oysters three ways. Three gulf coast oysters were served on a plate featuring three distinct sauces:

    • Standard Louisiana cocktail sauce
    • Small orange supremes, lightly dusted with toasted coriander topped with a sprig of baby mint and
    • Granita mignonette.

    While David’s colorful preparation was most tasty, I was bowled-over by the granita mignonette. As one who often dribbles the mignonette on his tie as he slurps down the oyster, David’s mignonette is frozen thereby eliminating the frequent spill and adding a bit of texture and zing to the culinary experience. David admitted that he had picked up the initial idea wall watching the Food Channel at 2:00 a.m. and after some experimentation has come up with his version of Mignonette Granita.

    Bogey Pinson’s Mignonette Granita


    1 cup of tarragon vinegar
    2 shallots, finely minced
    Zest of one lemon
    1/2 tsp of salt
    Pepper to taste

    Oysters with Mignonette Sauce and Heinen’s Cocktail Sauce

    Heinen’s is Kickin’ it with Kenny again this holiday season. Catch us Tuesday Morning December 8th, and tag along as Kenny and Chef Jacki explore some of our favorite semi-homemade recipes and entertaining ideas that are perfect for the holidays. Here you’ll find all the scrumptious recipes and simple entertaining ideas discussed on the show.


    Mignonette Sauce

    • 1/4 cup chilled champagne
    • 1/4 cup minced shallots
    • 1 tbsp. white wine vinegar
    • 1/4 tsp. ground pepper


    To prepare sauce

    Combine champagne, shallots, vinegar and pepper in a glass bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

    To shuck oysters

    Rinse oysters under cold running water. Throw away any that are open and don’t close if you tap them. Place an oyster flat-side up on a work surface.

    Grip the oyster with a glove, leaving the narrow hinged end exposed. Place the tip of the knife between the top and bottom shells just adjacent to the hinge. Press inward, twisting and wiggling your knife tip, to release the top shell. Continue wiggling the knife while pressing inward until the shell pops open. Try to keep the oyster level so the salty brine stays inside the deep bottom shell.

    Wipe your knife to remove any debris, then pry open the shell by inserting the knife tip in one or two other spots, twisting it to release the shell completely. Continuing to hold the oyster level, run your knife along the inside of the upper shell to cut the muscle that attaches the oyster to the top shell. Run your knife along the inside of the lower shell and gently cut the oyster free. Leave the oyster nestled in the shell.

    Transfer the oyster in its bottom shell to a bed of crushed ice. Serve immediately, with mignonette sauce and Heinen’s Cocktail Sauce.

    Oysters on the Half Shell with Mignonette

    Our love affair with the tender mollusk began with Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. Ever since she rose from the sea on an oyster shell and the term aphrodisiac was coined, oysters have been synonymous with romance. Aficionados of raw oysters believe that a drop or two of sharp mignonette sauce is the ultimate accompaniment to their clean, briny crispness and I couldn’t agree more.

    It’s that easy: When serving oysters on the half shell, quality is of utmost importance. Search out Olympic oysters from the Pacific Northwest, or Belon, Blue Point or Wellfleet oysters from the east coast for the most succulent flavor.


    • 2 tablespoons shallot
    • 1/4 cup white wine or champagne vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon honey
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
    • 5 black peppercorns
    • 18 fresh oysters, shells scrubbed and shucked on the half shell
    • 3 cups crushed ice


    1. On a cutting board, finely chop the shallot.
    2. Combine the shallot, vinegar, honey, salt and peppercorns in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and cool.
    3. Pick out the peppercorns and transfer mixture to a small metal pan and place in the freezer until solid. Scrape the surface with a fork to make a frozen snowcone-like, icy texture and return to the freezer.
    4. Spread 1/2-inch of ice or kosher salt (if you’re going to eat them fast) on a platter. Arrange the chilled oysters on the half shell so that they don’t tip over. Working quickly, sprinkle about 1/4-teaspoon of the mignonette granita on each oyster. Serve immediately.

    In the glass: A glass of champagne, Sauvignon Blanc or a dirty vodka martini sounds perfect.

    Champagne Mignonette

    This mignonette recipe is my very favorite - the sweetness of the carrot, paired with the bite of the vinegar, shallot and black pepper seems to be the perfect combination to enhance the flavor of a fresh oyster. Do make the time to freeze this mixture for exactly 30 minutes to create a slushy - the coolness of the partially frozen mignonette adds another layer of sensory delight to the oyster experience that is just delicious.

    creates topping for one dozen oysters

    • 2 Tablespoons champagne vinegar
    • 1 Tablespoon very finely minced shallot
    • 1 Tablespoon very finely minced shredded carrot
    • sprinkle black pepper

    This is the time to bust out your best tiny mincing skills - the smaller the mince, the better for this condiment! Peel and mince a shallot, grate and then re-chop the carrot and place both of these in a shallow dish. Add the vinegar and the sprinkle of pepper and stir to combine. Place the dish in the freezer and set your timer for 30 minutes.

    While your mignonette is solidifying a bit, shuck your oysters! There's a bunch of great video tutorials online including the one that our friends at Taylor Shellfish have published.

    Basically, you want to insert your oyster knife into the hinge of the oyster in the back, with the rounded part of the oyster pointing down, and the flat side on top. Apply pressure (this is where a glove or some protective towel is required) to insert the knife into the oyster, then give it a twist. Run the knife along the inside top of the shell to detach the top mussel, then pull the top of the shell off. Taking care not to tip out too much of the tasty oyster juice, remove any shell debris with the knife, and then detach the oyster mussel on the bottom of the shell so the oyster is free to move. Place your oyster on a plate or in a bed of ice and keep it cold while you repeat the process with the remaining oysters you have.

    Once your mignonette is frosty and slushy, give it a stir to break it up and then top your oysters with a small spoonful. Now gather your friends and. slurp!

    Mignonette Sauce for Oysters

    Have you ever wanted to host a classy dinner for your friends? Oysters on the half shell are the perfect way to go! They seem super fancy, but they&rsquore actually very easy to prepare.

    Don&rsquot just go with plain oysters, though. My Mignonette Sauce for Oysters will take your dinner party to the next level! It&rsquos a classic accompaniment to raw oysters, and it only has four ingredients. It&rsquos the perfect blend of oh-so-fancy and criminally easy.

    This Mignonette Sauce for Oysters is red-wine-vinegar based sauce that is heavy on the shallots. There are only four ingredients here: vinegar, salt, pepper, and shallots. It&rsquos simple, delicious, and brings out the natural, fresh flavor of your raw oysters. This is definitely a classic you&rsquoll want to bring back again and again.

    What is Mignonette Sauce?

    The word &ldquomignonette&rdquo used to refer to the small bag of spices used to flavor broths and liquids, but its meaning has changed over time. Now, it&rsquos a sauce served with raw oysters, based on vinegar and black pepper. Don&rsquot confuse it with oyster sauce, by the way! That&rsquos a sauce made out of oysters, definitely not what we want to serve with raw oysters.

    Mignonette Sauce is a little spicy, a little peppery, and a little on the sour side. It&rsquos made to balance the briny, salty flavor of fresh oysters.

    How To Buy Oysters

    When you&rsquore looking for oysters, there are a few basic things to look for. .You want live oysters that have been recently harvested and kept cool and wet. Try to shop at reputable seafood seller or fishmonger&ndashthat&rsquos the easiest way to ensure quality. All oysters should be labeled with harvest tags that tell you when and where they were harvested. If they don&rsquot have them, go elsewhere.

    Here are a couple more things to keep in mind while you shop:

    • Oysters should smell fresh and briny, not fishy or rotten
    • Shells should be tightly closed, or snap shut when gently tapped
    • They should feel heavy for their size
    • Shells should be unbroken and undamaged

    Storing Raw Oysters

    When you&rsquove brought your oysters home, put them in the fridge right away. Double check for any open (dead) oysters and throw them out. It&rsquos important to keep oysters cool and damp when they&rsquore being stored.

    A good way to do that is to put them in a bowl covered with a wet towel in the fridge. Don&rsquot put them on ice, because you don&rsquot want them to freeze. A frozen oyster will die and go bad.

    How to Shuck Oysters

    Before you shuck your oysters, scrub the grit off the outside of the shells with a stiff brush.

    To open your oysters, use an oyster knife. They&rsquore heavy enough that they won&rsquot break or snap!

    Wear a heavy glove so you don&rsquot accidentally cut yourself and hold the oyster in one hand with the back hinge facing you. Slip the knife into the hinge and twist it until you feel the hinge pop open. Run the blade along the inside of the flat side of the shell to separate to oyster meat from the shell.

    What to Serve With Oyster Shooters

    Serve your oysters in one side of the oyster shell over ice to keep them very cold. You can find lots of different trays to serve them on. One I like is shaped like a stylized shell! Serve your mignonette sauce next to the oyster tray in a small dish.

    There are a few different things you can serve along with your classic Mignonette Sauce. Having a few options can be fun for your guests. They can mix and match and experiment to see what they like best!

    • Cocktail sauce
    • Bread with butter
    • Eggplant
    • Horseradish
    • Cheese

    You might also want to include a few drink options. You can totally serve up your oysters with your favorite beer, but if you like wine here are some ideas.

    Can&rsquot get enough seafood?

    Try my Traeger Clams for something a little more backyard casual, or my Coconut Shrimp for the best seafood breading you&rsquoll ever make. Or check out one of my other favorites!

    Classic Mignonette:

    This simple sauce is perfect with raw oysters, and can be endlessly customized. Experiment with different vinegars, herbs, and add-ons. I love it made with champagne vinegar, tarragon, finely diced strawberries and sometimes some finely diced cucumber, but here is the basic recipe to get you started. Any add-ons should be diced as small as you can get them.


    • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
    • 1 Tbs VERY finely diced shallot
    • Cracked black pepper

    Mix all ingredients and refrigerate for at least a few hours and up to a few days before serving. Stir before serving. Just put a few drops on each oyster right before you eat it.

    Recipe Summary

    • 2 teaspoons sugar
    • 2 teaspoons water
    • 1/2 cup Champagne or sparkling wine
    • 1/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice
    • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
    • 1/4 cup Champagne vinegar
    • 1 small shallot, minced
    • Freshly ground pepper
    • 2 dozen bluepoint or other East Coast oysters, shucked on the half shell
    • Crushed ice and coarse salt, for serving
    • 1 tablespoon dried egg-white powder (see Note)
    • 1 to 2 bunches of Champagne grapes or small seedless red grapes, frozen until solid, halved if large

    In a microwave-safe cup, combine the sugar and water. Cook at high power for 20 seconds. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then let cool.

    In a small stainless steel bowl, combine the sugar syrup, Champagne and citrus juices. Set the bowl over a larger bowl of ice and keep cold. In another small bowl, combine the vinegar and shallot and season with pepper.

    Arrange the shucked oysters on a bed of crushed ice and coarse salt. Add the egg-white powder to the Champagne-citrus juice mixture and beat with a handheld mixer or immersion blender until thick and frothy.

    Spoon a little of the vinegar-shallot mixture over the oysters and a little of the Champagne froth on top. Garnish with the frozen Champagne grapes and serve right away.

    Shucking Oysters: Mighty Aphrodite Granita

    Air chilled September has arrived to the East coast with the oyster season fanfare first in Montreal and now in the New York City. If you’re an oyster geek or just an exploring amateur, it’s time to learn a few new things about the little bivalve and the best ways to enjoy it. For those who can’t go to the Big Apple or line up for the new celebrity chefs’ oyster creations, there’s plenty to catch up with: dozens of fresh oyster varieties have just arrived into all major groceries and are now available for the price of a lollipop per pop. So if the shucking oyster party is your thing (which you can still enjoy outdoors as the current street temperature provides the best timing to serve and taste the oysters), it’s time to experiment with the new oyster condiments.

    The New York Oyster Week founder Kevin Joseph has just declared a war on the traditional cocktail sauce from seventies (it’s about time someone bans that dreary creation out loud) and strongly encourages that people start using some freshly ground condiments like horseradish to bring the best out the fresh oyster. And here is when I pitch in with my latest granita, little icy Sicilian dessert that was first made with the snow from the Mount Etna.

    Specifically, my new favorite, which I called Mighty Aphrodite Granita – a Lemon Ginger Cucumber Mint Granita. Don’t get me wrong, I still love classic Mignonette sauce like any other person, and totally agree with Nigel Slater that ‘nothing quite takes the salty, iodine tang off a good oyster like the shallot vinegar, Tabasco and lemon.’ But there’s something I’ve discovered about granitas: they can make a really creative condiment (a little step up from just a generic lemon) that would not only complement the taste of the oyster, but would also make a perfect palate cleanser or an entremet between sampling different kind of oysters, so your palate’s capacity will be enhanced to actually catch the difference between say Malpeque from Kumamoto, or Raspberry Point, or many other varieties (check Montreal’s La Mer for the local stock).

    Granitas are very easy to make: the icy texture can be reached without any special equipment (like the one required for sorbet) – all you need is fork, tray and freezer. They make a stunning presentation. The melt fast, so your oyster will not be compromised with too much ice. And then there’s something else: there’s no particular proportion – you can customize your own granitas with your own amounts and preferred ingredients to reach the sweetness-sourness-saltiness balance according to your needs.

    Julia Child mentioned in her Mastering the Art of French Cooking that the French Royal Court preferred to pair the oysters with Sauternes, the famous sweet wine of the Bordeaux region. This inspired me to make a sweet, slightly acidic granita with a splash of dessert wine, sugar, lemon juice and the refreshing touch of ginger, cucumber and mint. The result was outstanding. And guess what, if you don’t have any botrytis wine at hand, you can successfully replace wine with a dash of champagne or rice vinegar. Or just omit the alcohol completely and your granita will still taste heavenly and will make a fun and clever condiment or an entremet. And don’t forget to use some liquid leftovers to wet the rim of the shot glasses before dipping it in a lemon, celery or your choice of salt mixture for any chilled booze you would like to serve with your oysters (from sake to tequila to Guinness).

    As much as I’m for letting the imagination go experimenting with citrus granitas, a word of a personal warning: stay away from experimenting with soya or ponzu sauce granitas – they are too overpowering and completely kill the taste of the oysters. I made some on our last Valentine and they both ended up in a trash leaving us to a humble simili-caviar condiment only, but then of course the good ol’ mignonette arrived to help in a jiffy.

    Back to our feature Lemon Ginger Cucumber Mint granita: three -five minutes work, an hour in a freezer, basically all the job is about forming ice crystals with the fork every 15-30 minutes depending on the quantity you make. You can serve as a little refreshing adult digestive or dessert as well. Believe me, I wouldn’t waste my time on writing this if it wasn’t absolutely delectable condiment, dessert re-fresher and a palate cleanser.

    Extra Special Oysters with Champagne Granité

    This Extra Special Oysters with Champagne Granité recipe is absolutely delicious and super easy to make!

    Oysters contain more zinc than any other food. Zinc is necessary for proper growth and development, strengthens the immune system and promotes healing. This definitely upped the ranking of oysters in my mind as a food worthy of our nutritional intake. They are high in omega – 3 fatty acids, potassium and magnesium which can help reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke and lower blood pressure. This is common with most seafood. But I like oysters the best! They are low in calories, low in fat and a good source of protein which makes you feel fuller after eating. They share this with olive oil, which is notorious for it’s ability to make people feel full before finishing.

    We are so excited that you are making a recipe and would love to see how it turns out. Make sure to use the hashtag on social media!

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