Optimal Wit from Port City Brewing Company, is a refreshing beer with balanced flavors of coriander, orange, and grains of paradise. This beer pairs so well with a nice sloppy oyster, that it only seemed natural to use it in the preparation instead of simply relegating it to the side. Now, white wine or sparkling is generally the go-to for a mignonette sauce, but I think the kitchen gods will forgive me this delectable transgression.
Optimal Wit Mignonette
24 freshly caught oysters, cleaned and shucked
1 tsp. whole coriander, toasted
1 tsp. orange zest
2 tsp. flat leaf parsley
1 TBS. onion, minced
1/3 c. malt vinegar
1/4 c. Port City Brewing Optimal Wit (or your favorite Belgian-style Wit)
Grains of Paradise Finishing Salt, to garnish (recipe below)
Combine the coriander, zest, parsley, onion, vinegar, and Optimal Wit together in a bowl and use to top the oysters. Sprinkle with the Grains of Paradise Finishing Salt and serve immediately. Drink with an Optimal Wit of course!
Click here to properly learn how to shuck oysters.
Grains of Paradise Finishing Salt
1/4 c. sea salt (use something nice and sticky like Le Saunier De Camargue)
2 TBS. grains of paradise, ground
1/2 tsp. freshly cracked pepper
Combine the ingredients in a small dish and use to finish the Oysters with Optimal Wit Mignonette.
Have you ever cooked with Optimal Wit before? If so, tell me what you made in the comments or hit me up on Twitter @hungrymutineer.