Oyster Stew, J & W Seafood, Deltaville

3 T   butter
                                                      1 C  milk
1  clove garlic, sliced
                                     1/2 C  half-and-half cream
1/2 t  salt
                                                         1 pint  fresh shucked oysters
1/8 t   ground white pepper                         2 T  chopped fresh parsley (optional)
1 pinch  cayenne pepper (optional)

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic, salt and pepper; cook and stir until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Stir in the milk and half-and-half, and transfer to the top of a double boiler. If you do not have one, set the pan of soup over a pan of simmering water.

When the milk is hot, add the oysters and heat just until the oysters are opaque. Do not allow to boil. Season with fresh parsley, cayenne pepper.

Oyster Stew

Raw oysters have a protein content of about 9 percent and a fat content of less than 2 percent. One-half pound of raw oysters contains about 150 calories.

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