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Half Shell Seafood House is a New Orleans style oyster house with an extensive selection of fresh oyster, seafood and other dishes made from scratch daily.
Arts and Culture Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 1 year ago

IN THE KITCHEN WITH: Half Shell Seafood House

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by: Observer Staff

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This week we went in the kitchen at Half Shell Seafood House with president and chef Dan Mirando as he prepares the signature oyster combo that includes oysters prepared in four different ways, oysters Bienville, oysters Orleans, oysters Rockefeller and char grilled oysters. 

Mirando and his business partner, Bob Taylor, opened Half Shell Seafood House in Sarasota, modeled after Taylor's original oyster house that opened in 2009 in the Gulf Shores area of Mississippi. 

Half Shell Seafood House is a New Orleans style oyster house that offers a menu of made from scratch dishes including fresh oysters and seafood along with other traditional items. The secret recipe seasonings and sauces are also all mixed fresh in-house.

The kitchen staff at Half Shell will shuck between 1,000 and 1,400 fresh gulf oysters daily.

Mirando established Half Shell Seafood House as a casual dining experience that strives to offer great food and great service at a reasonable and affordable price point.

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Scroll down for an instructional video on how to prepare the dish.

 

Half Shell Oyster House provides the ingredients for their signature oyster combo but the portions and preparations for the specific mixtures are a house secret. 

Oysters Bienville

Ingredients:
Butter
White wine
Lemon juice
Shrimp, chopped
Lump crab meat
Heavy cream
Italian bread crumbs

Preparation: 
Mix ingredients for topping to taste. Place shucked oysters in a baking pan and heat under a broiler for 1-2 minutes. Remove from broiler and spoon topping into oysters. Place oysters back under broiler until topping is browned. Serve immediately while hot.

Oysters Rockefeller

Ingredients:
Spinach
Cream cheese
Pernod
Lemon juice
Bread crumbs
Parmesan cheese

 

Preparation: 
Mix ingredients for topping to taste. Place shucked oysters in a baking pan and heat under a broiler for 1-2 minutes. Remove from broiler and spoon topping into oysters. Place oysters back under broiler until topping is browned. Serve immediately while hot.

 

Oysters Orleans

Ingredients:
Butter
Olive oil
Liquid smoke
Hot sauceHot sauce
Garlic
Worcestershire sauce
Parmesan cheese

Preparation: 
Melt butter and mix in additional ingredients to taste. Place fresh shucked oysters on hot grill. Ladle butter mixture into the oysters while cooking. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese while oysters continue to cook. Continue to cook oysters on grill and sprinkle more parmesan over the top of each. Cook a couple more minutes until mixture starts to boil and bubble and parmesan cheese browns slightly. Remove from grill and serve immediately while hot. 

 

Char grilled oysters

Ingredients:
Butter
White wine
Italian seasoning
Garlic
Parmesan cheese

Preparation: 
Melt butter and mix in additional ingredients to taste. Place fresh shucked oysters on hot grill. Ladle butter mixture into the oysters while cooking. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese while oysters continue to cook. Continue to cook oysters on grill and sprinkle more parmesan over the top of each. Cook a couple more minutes until mixture starts to boil and bubble and parmesan cheese browns slightly. Remove from grill and serve immediately while hot. 
 

 

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