I was inspired to make this by Jimmy Buffett's "Boomerang Love" (the story, not the song), wherein "Angel... stirred the oysters into steaming hot milk. She added some fresh chives and a few shakes of Tabasco sauce to cook up a simple, delicious oyster stew."
Of course, I couldn’t do anything quite that simple, so I added chopped onions & celery sautéed in butter…
1 ½ pints whole milk
2 8 oz cans whole boiled oysters – do not discard juice
½ c chopped onions
¼ c chopped celery
1 T butter
dash of cayenne (I loathe Tabasco but use it if you wish)
salt and pepper to taste
Sauté the onions & celery in butter until tender.
Heat milk in saucepan until hot but not boiling.
Add oysters, juice, onions, celery, cayenne, salt and pepper. Cover and turn off heat.
Allow to sit for about five minutes for oysters to warm.
The most spectacular oyster stew I ever had was at one of the airport hotels in Charleston, SC (I forget which one) which served it with several fried oysters floating on the top. But that’s definitely getting away from simple…