Tom Kitchin and fellow chef Dominic Jack provide some of their favourite recipes for starters to give you some inspiration this Christmas.

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These recipes are simpler than they look, and presenting everyone with a dish of oysters, beautifully laid out on the plate, makes the ideal centrepiece to start a day of celebration.

Ingredients

  • 4 oysters
  • ½ shallot, sliced
  • 150ml dry white wine
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 250g butter
  • 40ml cream
  • 1 lemon, zest grated
  • 2-3 tbsp lemon juice to taste 
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp chopped seasonal herbs such as thyme and garlic chives

Method

To make the beurre blanc

1 Bring the chopped shallot, white wine vinegar, white wine, lemon juice and lemon zest to the boil and reduce the heat until the mixture is simmering. Continue to simmer until dry.

2 Reduce the heat to low, and add the cream before bringing back to the boil. Reduce the heat again and gradually whisk in the butter until melted into the mixture.

3 Remove the mixture from the heat and strain it through a fine sieve into a clean saucepan.

4 Season with salt and pepper and stir. Set aside at room temperature until needed (do not refrigerate as the sauce will separate).

To assemble the dish

1 Open the oysters and carefully clean the shells, keeping the bottom shells for serving. Add the beurre blanc into a heavy-bottomed pan and heat over a medium heat.

2 Carefully add the oysters to the pan, and heat for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, taking care not to boil the liquid.

3 Place one oyster in each shell, and add a tablespoon of beurre blanc to each shell, then garnish with seasonal herbs.

Like this? See also:

Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack recipes: Christmas dinner side dishes

• Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack recipes: French onion soup

About The Author

Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack

In March 2013, Tom Kitchin and close friend and fellow chef Dominic Jack opened The Scran & Scallie alongside the management team behind The Kitchin and Castle Terrace Restaurant. The pub, which is located in Stockbridge Edinburgh, presents a warm, family-friendly atmosphere, and showcases menus developed by Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack of simple, affordable dishes executed to perfection, which demonstrate their expertise, passion and knowledge of the best suppliers in Scotland.

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About The Author

Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack

In March 2013, Tom Kitchin and close friend and fellow chef Dominic Jack opened The Scran & Scallie alongside the management team behind The Kitchin and Castle Terrace Restaurant. The pub, which is located in Stockbridge Edinburgh, presents a warm, family-friendly atmosphere, and showcases menus developed by Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack of simple, affordable dishes executed to perfection, which demonstrate their expertise, passion and knowledge of the best suppliers in Scotland.