Hangtown Fry

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"An oyster omelet. Legend says a miner walked into the Cary Hotel in Hangtown during the California Gold Rush and demanded the most expensive dish. Eggs were over a dollar a piece and oyster were even more expensive, so this is what the chef came up with. Use jarred small Pacific oysters, drained and patted dry."

Original recipe yields 3 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (412.7 g)
  • Calories 732.5
  • Total Fat - 37.5 g
  • Saturated Fat - 15.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 1001.6 mg
  • Sodium - 432.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 51.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.7 g
  • Sugars - 1.6 g
  • Protein - 43 g
  • Calcium - 203.5 mg
  • Iron - 9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step 1

Mix flour with salt and pepper in a shallow bowl. In another bowl, beat 1 egg. In another bowl, add cracker crumbs. Beat 8 eggs in another mixing bowl and set aside.

Step 2

Heat butter in large skillet over medium-high heat.

Step 3

Dip oyster in flour mixture, then egg, then roll in cracker crumbs. Repeat with all oysters.

Step 4

Fry in butter until browned; turn them over and fry other side until browned.

Step 5

Leaving oysters in pan, pour eggs over them and cook until firm. Flip the omelet over and cook on other side until done.

Step 6

Divide into 2 or 4 portions and serve.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



Now, I'd like to say I'm giving this five stars, but really it's my husband, because I won't go near oysters before at least 5pm, and then they have to be thouroughly disguised as deep fried crumb balls with dipping sauce. But hey, he LOVED this preparation of eggs and oysters! He had ordered something similar several years ago at a local restaurant, which then burned down (I'm sure it had nothing to do with the dish), and he'd been craving it ever since. I did cut the recipe in half, and used panko instead of cracker crumbs. It worked like a charm....his eyes rolled back up in his head with happiness! Thanks for helping me score brownie points!

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(25 Nov 2011)