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Local oyster industry making a comeback

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After years of decline, one local industry is making a major comeback!

FOX 5's Holly Morris joined us from the shore in Hollywood, Maryland to learn all about oyster farming with friends form Hollywood Oysters.

Online:

http://www.marylandseafood.org/fromthebay.html

http://hollywoodoyster.com/

Jeff Black's Oyster Stew

Ingredients:

Smoked bacon- 1/4 pound

Garlic, sliced thin- 1 clove

Shallot, Peeled, sliced thin- 1 whole

Leek, washed, green removed, small diced- 1 whole

Russet or gold potato, peeled, small diced- 1 whole

Herbsaint or other anise flavored liquor- 1 cup

Chicken or fish stock- 32 ounces (1 quart)

Heavy cream- 16 ounces (1 pint)

Shucked, Chesapeake Bay oysters, 13

Salt and pepper

Chopped parsley or chives- 1 cup

Method:

Cook the bacon over medium heat, until it is crispy on the outside. Add the sliced garlic and shallots and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the leeks and potatoes and cook over low heat until the potatoes begin to soften.

Add the Herbsaint and cook for one minute.

Add the stock and simmer gently for 10 minutes or until the volume has reduced by half. Add the heavy cream and simmer for another 10 minutes.

Add the juice (or liquor) from the oysters into the broth along with the parsley. Stir well and remove from heat.

Place the reserved oyster meat into four separate bowls, 3 pieces per bowl. Divide the hot soup amongst the four bowls. Serve immediately.

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