In cooler climes, where oysters grow, Christmas Oyster Soup (Soupe aux Huitres de Noel) is a traditional dish, best served with buttery croutons or a hearty bread.
Christmas Oyster Soup

Christmas Oyster Soup (Soupe aux Huitres de Noel)
Recipe type: Soups and Stews
Serves: 4
  • 2 carrots; medium, peeled and grated
  • 1/2 Cup celery; finely diced
  • 1/4 Cup butter; melted
  • 4 Cups milk; or 1/2 milk, 1/2 cream
  • 4 Cups oysters, shucked (including their liqueur)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Peel and grate in long thin shreds, the carrots, and add finely diced celery. Melt butter in saucepan and add the vegetables. Stir. Cover and simmer over very low heat for 20 minutes, without browning the vegetables. Add milk (or use 1/2 milk, 1/2 cream); bring to a boil. Heat oysters in enameled cast iron pan over medium heat; do not boil. Pour into milk and serve. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. The soup should be served as soon as ready, otherwise it tend to curdle. The milk and vegetables can be be prepared ahead of time and the oysters heated and served at the last minute.
To quote Mme. Benoit,"This traditional Quebec dish is still very much alive. My grandmother's recipe is, as far as I am concerned, the best there is."
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