Chef Aaron Johnson of the Old Fort Lauderdale Breakfast House Makes Us an Oyster Pan Roast

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The Old Fort Lauderdale Breakfast House has recently expanded its hours to include dinner service, and among the items on the new menu is a fantastic oyster pan roast. Chef Aaron Johnson was kind enough to expose his secrets and show us how to make his most popular appetizer.

Step One
Start by sautéeing some shallots and garlic in 
butter. Johnson insists, "It's important to make sure they don't brown. The goal is to lightly soften them. Then add heavy cream and reduce." In order to allow it to thicken properly, it needs to be reduced by at least two-thirds over low heat. 
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Step Two
Once the cream has reduced, add fresh tarragon, Pernod, lemon, Parmesan, black pepper, and a dash of hot sauce to round it out. Let it cool slightly. 
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Step Three
Place six oysters in a cast-iron pan. "I prefer the big Louisiana gulf oysters," says Johnson. Drizzle them with a bit of kosher salt and lemon juice. Pour the cream on top.
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Step Four
Top the pan with more Parmesan, diced red pepper, scallions, and buttered bread crumbs. At OB, they roast them in a 650-degree oven for about five minutes. According to Johnson, "Home cooks could achieve the same effect with their oven at 500 degrees." It's done when it's bubbly.
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Step Five
Pair with a nice dry white wine. 
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Location Info

Old Fort Lauderdale Breakfast House

333 Himmarshee St., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant


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3 comments
Ronnie Pryor
Ronnie Pryor

We order everything with jubilant anticipation. There truly isn't a poorly made dish on the menu. 

ted anthony inserra
ted anthony inserra

there is no corner cutting with Chef Aaron, it is his meticulous steps that help make this dish so good, and trust me it is delicious. One night a table ordered one for a app., it was so good someone at the table ordered another one for his entree...evert step, every ingrediant is done with a purpose!!

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