Recipe courtesy of The P&J Oyster Cookbook
THE BACON BREAD CRUMBS
THE FRIED OYSTERS
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Put the Bacon Breadcrumb ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and pulse in 1-second bursts until finely crumbled; transfer to a wide, shallow bowl.
Strain the oyster juices (the "liquor") into a container to remove grit and refrigerate or freeze for future use. Set the oysters aside.
In another shallow bowl, combine the flour with 3 tablespoons of the Creole seasoning and mix. In a separate bowl, make an egg wash by beating the eggs well along with the milk and the remaining tablespoon of Creole seasoning.
Arrange the bowls containing the flour mixture, the egg mixture, and the bacon bread crumbs side by side.
Pour enough bacon fat into a heavy cast-iron pot, Dutch oven, or deep fryer to cover 8 of the oysters. Set the oven temperature to 200°F. Line a baking sheet with paper towels and place it in the oven.
Heat the fat over medium high heat to 350°F. While the fat is heating, dredge the oysters in the seasoned flour, using tongs, then in the egg wash, and finally in the bread crumbs, shaking off any excess. When the fat reaches the correct temperature, fry the oysters in two batches of 8. With the tongs, drop each oyster in the hot fat and fry until golden and crispy, 1 to 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the first batch of oysters to the warm oven.
After frying the second batch of oysters, remove the first batch from the oven and immediately sprinkle all 16 of them with Creole seasoning to taste.
At serving time, arrange 4 of the oysters on each of four plates. In a small bowl, toss the basil and microgreens with the lemon juice, salt and pepper. Top each of the oysters with some of the salad. Sprinkle some of the preserved lemon on each plate. Using 1 tablespoon of chevre for each plate, top the oysters with it, then sprinkle them with chives. Serve immediately.