On Prince Edward Island, oyster shucking is as common as knot tying, field plowing, and fiddle playing. Off-island, oyster shucking is as impressive a party trick as piano playing, champagne sabering, or the full levitation of an elephant. When a crowd drops by, here’s how to simply and spontaneously impress with a mess of oysters and readily available ingredients. As with all things oyster, it’s always best to invite a loved one or two to share the shucking fun. At the peak of the party, rally your friends to make a real splash. No sense toiling away in some back room with no moral support. It’s better for the oysters if you shuck in the thick of the action. They’ll be fresher. The party will find them wherever they are. You can present and serve the oysters directly on your kitchen countertop, dining room table, picnic table, or even tailgate. For maximum party points, though, find a festive platter or other rustic surface. Try fresh cedar shingles, large tiles, cutting boards, quarry stone, live-edge lumber, or weathered barn board.
Excerpted from Farm, Fire & Feast: Recipes from the Inn at Bay Fortune by Michael Smith Copyright © 2021 Michael Smith. Photography by Al Douglas. Published by Penguin Canada®, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.