On Louisiana Eats! NOLA food icon Poppy Tooker takes us into Louisiana's wide open fields, deep waters, bustling markets, and busy kitchens. Poppy's people are carrying on the traditions of Louisiana's wholly local but universally celebrated food, from farm to table, and sometimes barroom! Poppy roams the State to find the folks whose inspiration and innovation are taking the abundant wealth of Louisiana's food culture into the future. Let's eat!
On this week's show, we venture down to Grand Isle to explore the current state of Louisiana's shellfish industry. We begin with a visit with the Guerreros family, owners of the Caminada Bay Premium Oyster Company, who are leading the way in new product with Louisiana's first farm-raised oysters. Marcos and Boris Guerrero take us on their compact bay boat to give us a first-hand look at their off-bottom cage system method that creates an entirely new oyster that lives its life without ever touching the muddy bottom.
Then, we speak to Lisa Bourassa, Research Associate and Phycologist at Louisiana Sea Grant's Grand Isle Oyster Hatchery, to learn the scientific background on these amazing shelled mollusks. Lisa walks us through the oyster research lab, where we observe each step of the delicate oyster farming operation.
Next, we hear from marine biologist Rusty Gaude at Sea Grant, who has some big news surrounding the Louisiana clam, coming soon to a restaurant plate near you!
Finally, we head into the kitchen to hear what Tory McPhail, the Executive Chef of Commander's Palace is doing with this brand new bounty of the sea.
It's shellfish time on Louisiana Eats!
Poppy's Clams and Spaghetti
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 - 6.5 oz. cans of minced clams, with the juice
3 cloves of garlic, minced
salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 teaspoons fresh, chopped, flat leaf Italian parsley
1 tablespoon butter
4 tablespoons grated parmesan or Romano cheese
½ lb of spaghetti, cooked
In a sauté pan, combine the olive oil, the entire contents of two cans of minced clams, 3 finely minced cloves of garlic, salt and pepper. Bring it all to a boil and cook until the mixture reduces by half. Remove from the heat and mix in the parsley then whisk in the butter to thicken and enrich the sauce. Pour the sauce over cooked spaghetti and toss in the cheese. Serve immediately.