We used to get slam-bang Oyster Po’ Boys at a place called Jerry’s in Pensacola, FL. I finally decided to give a try at making this delicacy also known as a “Peace-maker.” This is not quite like those we got at Jerry’s or like those we’ve had at other diners between Houston and New Orleans, but they’re good nevertheless. Enjoy. (See the update at the bottom.)
corn or peanut oil, for frying
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup corn meal
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1/2 pound medium oysters, shucked
2 6″ hoagie rolls, split, buttered and lightly toasted
Salt and pepper
Heat the oil in a wok.
Place flour and corn meal in a bowl and add cayenne and garlic powder. In another bowl, beat the eggs and add the hot sauce. Dredge oysters in egg mixture then the flour mixture and drop into hot oil 1 at a time. Fry until light brown (do not over cook). Drain on paper towels.
To assemble sandwich, spread both insides of bread with tartar sauce. On the bottom piece, place shredded lettuce and sliced tomato. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste. Place oysters on top of tomato. Add another layer of shredded lettuce. Top with the other piece of bread and have fun.
One variation on this is sometimes I use Sweet Vidalia Onion Vinegarette Dressing and pickle relish instead of Tartar sauce.
Should make 2 medium sandwiches or one huge one.
Update (5/23/2013): We did these tonight but didn’t quite follow these instructions. I just played it by ear. I mixed some seasoned flour/corn meal mixture; dipped the oysters in the breading and then set them aside for 30 minutes. Then friend in a few tablespoons of oil for about 1 1/2 minutes on each side. Then drained them on paper towels. VERY good.