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Archadeck of Central SC invites you to savor the moment with oyster recipes sure to please any palate

Backyard bliss by the fire pit

Backyard bliss by the fire pit

Here at Archadeck of Central SC we specialize in creating outdoor spaces designed for the way you want to live in your backyard. Most homeowners’ ideal backyard getaway consists of a place where they can relax, renew and unwind with family and friends. When you envision being “in the moment” enjoying your outdoor oasis, food is never far behind. Whether it involves grilling steaks on your spacious deck, or backyard tailgating for the crew in your full-on outdoor kitchen, or even drinks at dusk on your patio, outdoor living enjoyment and food go hand-in-hand. With this is mind, we have put together a compilation of our favorite oyster recipes. Here in South Carolina, oysters are in season and now is prime-time to take advantage of the best low country cuisine featuring oysters. We have also added a few dramatic twists on classics to help make your taste buds sizzle! Enjoy —

South Carolina Oyster Pie

South Carolina Oyster Pie

South Carolina Oyster Pie

INGREDIENTS:

  • ½ bag oyster crackers
  • 1 lb. oysters with juice (fresh local oysters should be bought only in months with an “R” in them)
  • ½ pt. half & half (will not use all of this)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce (or more if desired)
  • 1 stick butter, melted

INSTRUCTIONS:

Put oyster crackers between two towels and roll over the top with a rolling-pin to crumble the crackers. Spread melted butter over crumbs in a separate bowl and set aside. In a buttered casserole dish, place one layer of the cracker and butter mixture, one thorough layer of oysters, salt and pepper. Let the oyster juice fall where it may in the mixture. Add another layer, and continue until you run out of ingredients. Place uncrushed oyster crackers on top. Mix the half and half, Worcestershire sauce, and any remaining oyster juice in a separate bowl. Pour this liquid into the casserole dish making sure it reaches the bottom of the dish and surrounds each layer of oysters thoroughly.

Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.

Raw Oysters with Cucumber Mignonette

Raw Oysters with Cucumber Mignonette

Raw Oysters with Cucumber Mignonette

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 dozen fresh oysters
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • Approx 1 c. champagne vinegar

INSTRUCTIONS:

Finely chop 1 shallot, 1/2 -1 cucumber (peeled and seeded) and 1/2 – 1 whole fresh jalapeño pepper. Combine these ingredients and put in small bowl and cover with the champagne vinegar. Marinate 1-2 hours.  Drain excess vinegar and serve on the side, or on top of, freshly shucked oysters. Serve and enjoy.

Excellent with a Cucumber Martini!

Cucumber Martini -- beautiful and refreshing!

Cucumber Martini — beautiful and refreshing!

Cucumber Martini

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • ½ ounce lime Juice (1/2 lime)
  • 2-3 slices of fresh cucumber
  • 2 mint leaves
  • ½ ounce simple syrup

Combine a fat slice of cucumber and mint leaves in shaker and muddle.  Add chilled vodka (we keep ours in the freezer), lime juice and simple syrup. Strain and serve garnished with a slice of garden fresh cucumber and a mint leaf.

A few of the ingredients that make these Tex Mex oysters so delicious!

A few of the ingredients that make these Tex Mex oysters so delicious!

Tex Mex Oysters

Ingredients:

  • 2 doz fresh oysters
  • “scoopy” styled tortilla chips
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 purple onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and seeded
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • salt and pepper

Combine fresh vegetables, juice and spices and cover for at least an hour. Shuck oysters and place one oyster in each chip “scoop.” Top with salsa.

Alternatively, loosen oyster from shell. Top with fresh salsa and garnish with finely crumbled tortilla shells. Best served with a cold Mexican beer or a margarita – we like the Cucumber-Japaleno margaritas for a twist!!

 Cucumber-Japaleno margarita

Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita

Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup white tequila
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
  • 1/4 cup simple syrup, or more as needed
  • 4 thin slices cucumber, peeled and seeded
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded, halved lengthwise
  • Ice, for serving
  • Salt for glass rims, optional

Combine all ingredients, except SALT and ice, in a blender and puree. Let rest for 10-12 minutes for cucumber and jalapeño flavors to infuse.  Then add ice and mix again in blender.  Serve in glasses rimmed with salt.  For extra zing, consider mixing coarsely ground salt, jalapeño salt * and a teaspoon of sugar for the rimming mix.

* Jalapeño salt can be purchased at the grocery store, or make your own by infusing 1/2 – 1 fresh jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped with 1 cup coarsely ground salt. Shake well and let oils from pepper infuse with salt.  Shake several times over the course of a day or two,  then use strainer/sieve to remove jalapeño bits. Add 1/2 tsp sugar to salt.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

The Archadeck of Central SC team – Mike Reu, Marshall Reu and Tucker Reu

In the same manner we invite you to enjoy these recipes that step beyond the traditional oysters on the half shell, we also invite you to step beyond the boundaries of limiting your backyard enjoyment to only aspirations. There is much to savor when it comes to structures that will enhance your outdoor living enjoyment. Contact us today to learn more at (803) 603-2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net

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Having the luxury of an outdoor living space will add function and ambiance to the time you spend outdoors

This deck in Irmo SC overlooks a serene hardscape patio with outdoor fireplace

This deck in Irmo, SC, overlooks a serene hardscape patio with outdoor fireplace, the perfect spot for enjoying those crisp autumn evenings!

The mild temperatures the arrival of autumn brings to the Columbia, SC, region mean more opportunities for outdoor living. Lower humidity, cooler breezes and a palette of Carolina color emerging in the trees makes residents want to spend the majority of their recreational time outdoors with friends and family. Having the luxury of an outdoor living space to add function and ambiance to the time you spend outdoors can make those special times even more worthwhile. Here in our area there is a host of outdoor activities going on. Archadeck of Central SC gives you a peek into the backyard games that people are playing in your neck of the woods and how our outdoor structures are helping to turn events into memories!

Columbia SC deck and screened porch combination would make the perfect spot to watch and play football this fall.

This Columbia, SC, deck and screened porch combination would make the perfect spot to entertain during the big game.

Game on!

What better way to hearken the arrival of football season than an outdoor room worthy of tailgating from the comfort of your own backyard! Our porch and patio designs can be finished with full function outdoor gourmet kitchens that allow you to prepare, serve and eat all your halftime favorites without having to venture into your home’s interior kitchen. We can even design your outdoor room with space set aside to mount a flat screen TV so you and your “team” will never miss a minute of the action! If you feel inclined to play a little football among family and friends, the backyard is just a few  steps away, so dirt and grime is kept out of the home during all the fun.

Ad deck or patio makes the perfect place to host a backyard oyster roast.

A deck or patio makes the perfect place to host a backyard oyster roast.

Aw, shucks…

I cannot think of a better way to have more fun making a mess than hosting your own backyard oyster roast. Cooler temperatures may mean it is time to break out the sweaters, but they also mean oysters are in season! This is a great time for a cool- weather outdoor party around the fire pit, and it’s always fun to shuck oysters on the back deck. Hosting your oyster roast outdoors means more elbow room for family and friends and easy cleanup at the end of the evening for the host. In a recent post, Archadeck of Central SC outlined how to host an oyster roast from how to set up your grill, to the best place to buy oysters here in the Columbia area.

Screened Porch, Spa and Fire Pit at Dusk

This cozy outdoor living space features a custom fire pit– perfect for making s’mores.

Get S’more out of your backyard hardscape
Imagine the crackle of the fire, the conversation, and the camaraderie as you gather around your very own outdoor fireplace or fire pit to spend an evening making s’mores with family and friends. There are many recipes available that feature a modern twist and varied ingredients for this classic recipe, such as Chocolate Chip Cookie S’mores and Black Forest S’mores. I feel the original is still the best: roasting a marshmallow over the fire and nestling it between two graham crackers and a wedge of chocolate! This age-old tradition is a sweet treat that gives us so much more than just a snack. It is an opportunity to spend time with our loved ones making memories that will last a lifetime.

The competitive edge

If you have a large family, like mine, outdoor celebrations often mean breaking out the corn hole boards or horseshoes for a friendly game of skill and fun. Both these outdoor games are very popular in the Columbia region. Corn hole is a lawn game in which players take turns throwing bags of corn at a raised platform with a hole in the far end. The game of horseshoe involves the same concept except you throw a horse shoe with the goal of landing the horse shoe around a set target. Both games are much fun but can get tiresome when the opposing team has nowhere to sit and watch the game as it unfolds. Having the luxury of an outdoor living space such as a deck, patio or porch nearby can make backyard game night a joy for players and spectators alike–it will also give you a place to decisively plan a winning strategy when it is your turn.

Screened in Porches That Blend Right Into Your Home

Archadeck of Central SC specializes in outdoor room additions that blend in seamlessly with your home and landscape.

More home for the holidays

If you count yourself among the many that have a large gathering during the Thanksgiving holidays, often times your home’s interior can become too cramped for comfort. Archadeck of Central SC can help you maximize your comfort during holiday gatherings with the addition of a versatile four-season room or sunroom. These all- season rooms will allow more livable interior and exterior space opportunities. Your holiday guests will have more room to spread out and get comfortable, and you will gain peace of mind. Thanksgiving is right around the corner and now is the time to think about adding an outdoor room in time for the holiday season ahead.

Our goal at Archadeck of Central SC is to add more function, beauty and enjoyment to all the special times you spend with family and friends through our outdoor and indoor structure designs. When it comes to the many ways our living spaces can improve your lifestyle, the world is truly your oyster (no pun intended). Contact Archadeck of Central SC to schedule your free design consultation today (803) 603 – 2160
centralsc@archadeck.net

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

The Archadeck of Central SC team – Mike Reu, Marshall Reu and Tucker Reu

You can see more of our outdoor spaces destined to become your favorite gathering spot for friends and family by visiting our deck photo gallery, our 3 and 4 season room photo gallery and our patio and hardscape photo gallery located on our website today!