Recipe courtesy of Mark Salter

Poached Oysters in Champagne with a Julienne of Vegetables, Leaf Spinach and Prosciutto Ham

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Ingredients

20 oysters (plus juice)

1 carrot

1 leek

2 ounces snow peas

8 ounces fresh leaf spinach

3 shallots, sliced

1 glass white wine

1-ounce cream

2 tablespoons butter, cut into small cubes

Salt and pepper

1/2 cup heavy cream

2 ounces champagne

1 clove garlic

2 ounces prosciutto, julienned

Salt, freshly ground pepper

Directions

  1. Shuck the oysters. Reserve the oyster juice. Wash the shells. Cut the vegetables into strips and steam. Set aside Blanch the spinach and set aside Peel and cut the shallots into small dice, then add the white wine and reduce until only 1 tablespoon remains. Add the cream reduce for 30 seconds, then whisk in the butter. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside. 
  2. Heat a sauteuse. Pour in the cream, oyster juice, champagne and garlic. Add the oyster, prosciutto and poach for 2 to 3 minutes, then add the shallot-butter sauce off the heat. Spoon into the oyster shells; top with the spinach, then top with the oysters and place a small pile of the steamed vegetables on each oyster. Serve on a bed of blanched seaweed or on a bed of mixed peppercorns.

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