Aug 4, 2017

Earl Grey Mignonette

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 0 mins
This tea reduction adds notes of black tea and bergamot to contrast the acidity of the vinegar and shallot to accompany, and not cover the flavors of oysters.

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This tea reduction adds notes of black tea and bergamot to contrast the acidity of the vinegar and shallot to accompany, and not cover the flavors of oysters.

Earl Grey Mignonette

earl grey mignonette

What is Mignonette?

Mignonette is a French condiment served as a sauce over oysters. It’s typically made with shallot, cracked pepper and vinegar. In this version it’s made with an earl grey tea reduction and champagne vinegar for a twist.

How to Make Earl Grey Mignonette?

  1. Steep the tea. Soak the Earl Grey tea bags in 1½ cups of hot water for 30 minutes.
  2. Reduce the tea. Remove the tea bags and add the tea to a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat and reduce to about 2 tablespoons then stir in the sugar until dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool.
  3. Make the mignonette. In a small bowl stir together the Earl Grey tea reduction, champagne vinegar, shallot and pepper until combined.
  4. Let sit. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  5. Serve. Serve about ¼ teaspoon on top of each oyster.
earl grey mignonette on oysters

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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins

Ingredients:

  • 2 Earl Grey tea bags
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup champagne vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon diced shallot
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions:

  • Soak the Earl Grey tea bags in 1½ cups of hot water for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the tea bags and add the tea to a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat and reduce to about 2 tablespoons then stir in the sugar until dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool.
  • In a small bowl stir together the Earl Grey tea reduction, champagne vinegar, shallot and pepper until combined.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • Serve about ¼ teaspoon on top of each oyster.

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