Fresh oysters are gently simmered in a rich, smoky broth made with cream, apple cider, and Virginia ham for this super-savory, irresistible stew.




  • Using 2 forks, shred ham into bite-size pieces. (You should have 1 cup.)

  • In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add shallot and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in ham. Increase heat to high and add cider; cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid is reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, add cream, and heat through, stirring often, until just bubbling, 5 to 6 minutes.

  • Stir in oysters and liquor; cook until oysters turn opaque and begin to curl, 1 to 2 minutes. Lightly season with salt and pepper. Divide among 4 bowls and serve, with crackers and more pepper.