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Oyster Sauce for Virginia Ham

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Category: Sauces

 Ingredients List

  • 1 pt Oysters with their liquor
  • 1/8 ts Ground mace
  • 1 c Dry white wine
  • 3 tb Each flour & butter; cooked
  • -together to form a roux


The General was very fond of Virginia ham. Mrs. Washington took great
pride in curing some 400 hams a year, and she cooked almost every day since
she never really quite knew who was going to show up for dinner. Her
husband preferred his ham with this sauce.

The recipe comes from a collection attributed to Mrs. Hannah Glasse, "A
Lady," published in London in 1747. We know that Mrs. Washington had a copy
and used it often. This is the most likely source for the General's
favorite sauce for ham.

Place the oysters in a saucepan, along with their own liquor. Add the
mace and bring to a simmer. When the oysters are plump (a very short time),
remove them from the pan. Add the wine to the juices and reduce a bit. Add
the roux and thicken the sauce. Return the oysters to the sauce and serve.

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