While traditionally considered the domain of Champagne, oysters are a surprisingly fine food match to a beer such as Stella. A refreshing brew with a malty middle and crisp finish, Stella Artois has a full, pleasantly bitter flavour that perfectly enhances and contrasts the creamy, salty flavour of these fresh Coromandel oysters.
So you can create a perfect pairing at home, Gretchen Lowe from My Weekend Table Blog has created a delicious recipe for Chilli Fennel and Lime Oysters.
Chilli, Fennel and Lime Oysters
1 fennel bulb, finely diced, 2-3 fronds reserved
1 tsp fennel seeds
¾ cup rice wine vinegar
⅓ cup sugar
⅓ cup water
1 large red chilli, thinly sliced
Juice of a lime, plus extra for serving
12 shucked oysters
Finely dice fennel, and set aside. Toast fennel seeds in a dry fry pan and crush with a pestle and mortar then set aside.
Bring vinegar, sugar, chilli and water to the boil in a saucepan, pour over diced fennel and fennel seeds. Allow to cool entirely, then add reserved fennel fronds.
Shuck oysters and serve over crushed ice with spicy fennel dressing and extra lime wedges.