This recipe for cornmeal-crusted oyster and black-eyed pea salad with jalapeno dressing is courtesy of chef Susan Spicer and can be found in her cookbook, "Crescent City Cooking."

The Martha Stewart Show, December Fall 2007, The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 3060


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  • If using dried peas, place them in a medium bowl and cover with water; let soak overnight. Drain peas, rinse, and transfer to a small saucepan with about 3 cups water, the onion, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil over high heat, immediately reduce heat to a simmer, and cook until peas are tender but not mushy, about 30 minutes. Drain and rinse. If using canned peas, drain and rinse.

  • Add peas to a small bowl, along with bell pepper and scallions, and mix together with 1/2 cup jalapeno dressing; let stand at least 5 minutes or up to 30 minutes at room temperature or up to 4 hours refrigerated.

  • Place celery root, lemon juice, salt, and enough water just to cover in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, drain, and set aside to cool.

  • Fill a medium saucepan or deep skillet 2 inches high with oil. Heat oil over medium-high heat until it reaches 350 degrees on a deep-fry thermometer. Transfer oysters to a colander and rinse, checking for shells; pat dry. Dredge oysters in cornmeal coating and transfer to a plate. When oil is hot, add oysters to oil, working in batches, and fry until golden and crisp, about 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer oysters to a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Repeat process with remaining oysters.

  • To serve, toss celery root and spinach together in a medium bowl; divide evenly among 4 plates; spoon black-eyes peas around salad and top with fried oysters. Drizzle with any remaining jalapeno dressing; serve immediately.