July 11, 2017
Snacks, Shellfish, Oysters,
Dairy, Appetizers, 5 Ingredients Or Less, 5-Minute Prep, Cooking For A Crowd, Easy/Beginner Cooking, Make-Ahead, One-Bowl Does it!, No-Cook, Entertaining, Game/Sports Day, Potluck, Blender, Hand Mix/Whisk, Refrigerator, Gluten-Free, Low Carbohydrate, No Eggs more
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"Exploring the cuisine of Wales for CQ #4 has been a revelation, esp since it boasts 1,370 mi of coastline in the seafood-rich waters of the North Atlantic = A bit of mutual geography shared w/Iceland, its neighbor to the NW. So I began my recipe search w/seafood on my mind & found Mermaid Foods as the source of a crab cake & Sea Bass recipe. Then I found myself at a discussion board where the topic was oysters (both raw & canned smoked). A man named "Welsh Bloke" was praising their virtues & popularity in Wales. I had a thought, grabbed a can of smoked oysters from my pantry & found this recipe. Some things just happen for a reason. (This is a Welsh recipe, but that cuisine option was not available to select) ENJOY!"
In a bowl, beat the cream cheese, yogurt & smoked oysters until well-blended (I used my hand-held stick blender for this).
Fold in the the celery & cilantro (or parsley) & refrigerate until ready for use.
Serve w/assorted crackers or dippers of choice.
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Being the resourceful little critter that I sometimes am, I actually whipped this up at work, lol! I didn't bring my stick blender with me, but I used nearly-room temp light cream cheese, so it mixed pretty well by hand. I like smoked oysters, but after seeing how they looked after mashing them, I wasn't so sure that this was gonna go well. Well, it went better than well! After everything is blended together, the ook factor of smooshed oysters was completely gone. I've never actually seen any lemon yogurt that wasn't sweetened, so I just used some nonfat plain Greek yogurt, and added a bit of lemon pepper seasoning for the lemon flavor (which is highly recommended, BTW). This was really tasty on some Keebler Sociables crackers, and I think it would probably be really good for stuffed celery as well. I bet you could even get this past some of the declared smoked oyster haters out there, since the cream cheese and yogurt cut a lot of the strength of the oysters' flavor. Oh, and I went with the cilantro option, since that's something I ALWAYS have on hand. Now the only downside is that my cubicle at work kinda smells like the docks, but hopefully it will air out by the time the first shift shows up (if not, deny, deny, deny, lol). I don't currently have a photo, since fluorescent office lighting at night does no favors to food photography, so I will try to snap a daylight pic tomorrow at home. Thanks for posting, my fellow Happy Camper! Made for CQ 2017 Wales (Welsh Folklore Challenge)