In 1984 the Coastkeeper's family held a reunion in New Orleans, LA. One day, while walking the French Quarter with her brother and cousins, they saw this little eatery tucked back off an alley and they went in for lunch. She had the most incredible oyster soup, and asked if the chef would share the recipe. The waiter took her address and said he'd ask. About three weeks later a letter from G. Michael Lala, chef and owner of the Olde N'awlins Cookery, showed up in her mailbox and this soup became a holiday staple in the Phillips family.
In 2004 Katrina hit New Orleans and the Cookery was inundated with mud and water. Unfortunately Michael Lala suffered a heart attack while attempting to clean up his beloved Cookery and he passed away. At the time, his family was not certain if they would reopen the restaurant, however today there is another Olde N'awlins Cookery on a different street in the Quarter and much of the early menu is featured, but not this soup.
So go tong up some of our tasty coastal oysters and enjoy this recipe! Thank you for your support of Assateague Coastal Trust!
Olde N'awlins Cookery Oyster Artichoke Soup, chef G. Michael Lala
2 cups oyster water with two chicken boullion cubes
2 doz. small to medium oysters
12 quartered artichoke hearts
1/2 cup sliced green onions (tops only)
2 tsp chopped parsley
1/2 tsp thyme
1 1/2 tsps salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
5 Tbls butter
5 Tbls flour
1 cup heavy cream
In a heavy sauce pan combine the first three ingredients. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to simmer for 10 minutes. In another skillet melt butter, add flour, green onions and parsley and seasoning and cook for two minutes stirring constantly. Add to the first sauce pan and return to a boil then add cream. Hold on low heat. Garnish with finely chopped green onions.