Oysters are the ultimate finger food, and with these oyster roast menus your next party will be a success. Just crack open the shell and you can slurp the salty goodness right down in one bite. Hosting a southern-style oyster roast is a great way to share the goodness with your friends, but you'll need to provide good oysters and added delicacies, to round out the menu.
Choose oysters that are thick and fat. Check each oyster before you buy to ensure that the shells aren't cracked. Oysters in cracked shells aren't safe to eat. You may choose to harvest your own oysters; this can help you save money and is a fun way to spend a day at the beach. Check with your local fish and game department before you head out, as you may need to get a license before you harvest. Whether you buy or harvest yourself, remember that you'll need a lot of oysters for your party, enough to fill a 10-quart bucket for six people.
Give your guests plenty of dipping sauces for their oysters. Put out small bowls of melted butter for a traditional choice, or add minced garlic for extra zip. Provide bottles of cocktail sauce for people with a sweet tooth, and fresh wedges of lemon and lime for people to squeeze on their oyster bites.
Believe it or not, you may have guests who do not like the taste of oysters. Appease them with quick-cooking hot dogs and buns. Or serve bowls of macaroni and potato salad for oyster-loving and oyster-hating people to fill up on. Place cut-up slices of rustic crusty bread along your serving table. The bread can help combat the salty taste of the oysters, and your guests may enjoy dipping the slices in your homemade garlic butter.
As mentioned, oysters are salty. Provide an array of refreshing beverages for your guests. Beer is a traditional choice, although a light white wine might serve as well. To keep up with the southern theme of your party, consider providing jugs of freshly squeezed lemonade or sweet tea for your guests that do not drink alcohol.
If you keep these tips in mind, you'll plan the perfect oyster roast menu.