This rich, old-fashioned oyster stew is shared in memory of my mother, Ramona M. Filipek (1928 to 2006).
It is a Christmas family favorite, but good anytime. Serve hot with oyster crackers. Leftovers can be frozen.
Melt butter in a 10-quart stockpot over medium-high heat. Cook and stir celery, fresh onion, dried onion, black pepper, and celery salt in melted butter until celery and onion are tender, 7 to 10 minutes.
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Reduce heat to low. Sprinkle flour over celery and onions; stir gently until flour becomes a smooth paste. Add the cream of celery soup; stir gently. Pour 1% milk, condensed milk, and liquid from the oysters into the mixture; stir. Gently fold oysters into the soup.
Increase heat to medium. Cook mixture at a simmer, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly, about 10 minutes.
Refrigerate soup for 24 to 48 hours before reheating gently to serve.
Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.
353.96 calories; 20.08 g protein; 40.66 g carbohydrates; 0.6 g dietary-fiber; 20.26 g sugars; 12.37 g fat; 5.98 g saturated-fat; 93.91 mg cholesterol; 1172.04 IU vitamin-a-iu; 4.17 mg niacin-equivalents; 0.27 mg vitamin-b6; 10.27 mg vitamin-c; 35.21 mcg folate; 485.62 mg calcium; 8.03 mg iron; 109.75 mg magnesium; 877.21 mg potassium; 670.47 mg sodium; 0.32 mg thiamin; 111.29 calories-from-fat; 45 percent-of-calories-from-carbs; 31 percent-of-calories-from-fat; 22 percent-of-calories-from-protein; 15 percent-of-calories-from-sat-fat
I liked it quite a bit. I suggest at least 2% milk and use 2/3 of gallon because it was short on oyster ratio. I only added 1 can of condensed milk. It tasted fine but I'm not use to sweet and oyster in same sentence! So may forgo next time. Adding the celery soup wae was a marvelous idea. AND guess what It does taste better the next day! I made it one night and we ate it because it smelled so good. I saved leftover- it actually did taste better the next day and I liked the consistency better. Thank's Paul for sharing your family receipe.