Oyster or Shrimp a la Bama

INGREDIENTS: 
14 oz Miss Mary’s Greens (equal mix of collards and mustard greens)
7 each Conecuh bacon piece, cooked, cut into 1in squares
7 each Alabama oysters, fresh or 41/50 peeled, shell and tail off Alabama shrimp
7 oz Lime garlic butter, recipe follows
7 T Pecorino, shredded
4 each Lemon wedges
1 T Parsley, chopped

STEPS:
Using an oyster roasting pan or muffin tin, place 2 oz of Mary’s green in each slot.

Top Mary’s greens with 1in piece of Conecuh bacon.

Top bacon with 1each Alabama oyster or Alabama shrimp.

Top oyster or shrimp with 1oz lime garlic butter.

Top butter with 1 Tbs Pecorino cheese.

Place in pre-heated oven with the broiler on high. Depending on your oven the dish should be cooked in 8-12 minutes. It should be bubbly hot and the cheese well toasted.

Place 4 lemon wedges around the center hole.

Sprinkle parsley over dish.

Serve with toasted French bread and a side of Baumhower’s hot sauce.

INGREDIENTS: Lime butter sauce
1/2 cup White wine
1/4 cup Lime juice
1/4 cup White onion
1/4 cup Minced garlic
2 each Limes
1 each Lemon
1/4 cup Basic, fresh
¼ cup Parsley, fresh
1/4 cup Heavy cream
½ lb. Unsalted butter, softened
½ lb. Salted butter, softened
2 tsp. Salt
2 tsp. White pepper
1 Tbs. Granulated garlic
2 Tbs. Fresh garlic, minced

STEPS:
Zest limes and save to add to the sauce at the end.

Peel skin and pith of lime and lemons, any white pith will make it bitter, only use citrus flesh

Combine all ingredients except herbs, dry spices, 2 Tbs. minced garlic and butter in sauce pot

Reduce ingredients until thick

Slowly add butter a little at a time while stirring with a whisk

Strain through a fine strainer into a 2qt container

Add fine chopped herbs, lime zest and 3 Tbs. Minced garlic

Taste, should be strong lime – garlic flavor

Place in container and keep at room temperature for use in shrimp or oyster A’la Bama or for grilled fish

Yields: 1 quart

Art of Alabama Food Exhibit
July 2 – August 9
Exhibit open Wed-Sat, 4-10pm
The Compleat Studio at The Wharf, Orange Beach

The Wharf in Orange Beach, together with The Compleat Studio, celebrate the Art of Alabama Food with a gallery exhibit featuring 36 of the “100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die.” Special events will include tastings, cooking demonstrations, book signings with some of Alabama’s best-known chefs and more.

Events during the exhibit include:

Wednesday, July 2: The Wharf Chefs’ Tastes Showcase 6-8 p.m.
Sample delicious dishes from local restaurants’ chefs that call The Wharf home, including Baumhower’s, Bimini Bob’s, Compleat Angler, Louisiana Pantry, Villaggio Grille and more. Chefs in attendance will include Jim Smith, Executive Chef at the Governor’s mansion, Bob Baumhower, Tom Wolfe, chef and owner of Louisiana Pantry and Steve Zucker, Executive Chef, Aloha Hospitality.

Saturday, July 12: Chef Cook the Catch Demo
Following the final weigh-in of the Blue Marlin Grand Championship, fish caught in the tournament will be cooked by chefs on site and served to the large crowd that attends each year. This event showcases not only local chefs’ culinary abilities amidst some friendly competition but highlights the area’s love for seafood during one of the largest fishing competitions of the year.

Wednesday, July 16:Cook Book Signings with Alabama Chefs, 5-7 p.m.

Thursday, July 17: Tastes from Local Chefs Featured in “100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die”
Experience samples from some of the best restaurants around Baldwin County, including Bimini Bob’s, Hazel’s Seafood Restaurant, Lulu’s, Doc’s Seafood Shack, Cosmos and Ginny Lane Bar and Grille.

Thursday, July 24: Coastal Alabama Farmers’ and Fishermen’s Market Demo
Showcasing local ingredients at their finest, this event will include a Farmers’ and Fishermen’s Market featuring some of the freshest foods the area has to offer.

Friday, July 25: Local Culinary Festival Promo with Tastes, 5-7 p.m.
With samples from large culinary festivals in Baldwin County, this promo will please even the most particular palette.

Thursday, July 31: Local Growers and Purveyors Showcase
Local growers and purveyors will sell their delectable goods to the public at this one of a kind combination event. All unsold food will be purchased by Aloha Hospitality and be distributed to their corresponding restaurants in support of local farms and small businesses.

Saturday, Aug 1: Aloha Vendors with Tailgate Focus
With football season around the corner, Aloha Hospitality will host a tailgate-themed event featuring local vendors creating an Alabama food fan out of all who attend. This event will be hosted by SEC football season radio station Crimson Tide.

Wednesday, Aug 6 – Saturday, Aug 9: Local Restaurant Tastes Showcase 5-7 p.m.
Local restaurants culinary skill and signature dishes will be showcased. The public is encouraged to taste test all samples and return to the restaurant of their choice for a full experience.

The exhibit and all special events are free with the exception of the Aloha Vendors with Tailgate Focus.
This exhibit not only showcases delectable dishes from around the state, but also features the chefs who create them. The exhibit highlights Alabama’s growing culinary arts community as well as local restaurants’ signature dishes to encourage business.

Sponsored by the Alabama Department of Tourism, Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism, The Wharf and The Compleat Studio.

 

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