Smokeratoes: A Fabulous New Snack

April 14, 2010   9 Comments

Sometimes you have to open your eyes to what is in front of you. Recently, my vision changed in the canned seafood section of the supermarket. There was a product I had never noticed on my search for great tuna fish.


"Fancy Smoked Oysters", a mere $2 for a can, hit the bottom of my cart with a clunk. A Snack-Girl reader had contacted me with her questions about them. I happen to love oysters, so I was happy to take a look.

The nutrition facts on the package are pretty outstanding. Only 120 calories, and you get 10g of protein and 70% of your daily value of iron. Wow!

But, they are a bit slimy and funny looking. They also have a very distinct flavor and while I could see eating a few with a cracker, I knew I had to find something to make them really pop.

Cherry tomatoes are delicious all on their own. They are sweet and a great size to pack in your lunch for a pick me up. Add the oyster and you combine the sweetness with the smokiness and saltiness. Super yum! (The oysters also photograph MUCH better with the tomato :)

I had to create my own word to express the yumminess: Smokeratoes!!

They can be served at room temperature and would make a fabulous party snack. I'm not sure if kids would like them. My kids ran the other way. Oysters are a wee bit strange.

The serving size here (3 smokeratoes) will give you about 25% of your daily value of iron. I know the women out there who read this site have trouble getting iron - so eat up!

Smokeratoes Recipe

(makes 15)
1 pint cherry tomatoes
1 can smoked oysters

Wash tomatoes and using a knife, cut down half-way toward the bottom. Cut oyster in half and stuff into tomato. This can be a bit messy - but you will get the hang of it.

Three Smokeratoes = 44 calories, 3.6 g fat, 0.8 g carbohydrates, 4.4 g protein, 0 g fiber, 64 mg sodium, 1 Points+

Do you like smoked seafood? What snacks have you created with it?

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WOW!! This much iron is incredible!! I can't wait to try these - thank you for the awesome iron tip!

The amount of iron is amazing - I was blown away too. I bet it is much easier to absorb than a pill in the smoked oyster form (and much more delicious:) Lisa

That sounds delicious and I LOVE the nutrition stats for them- I had no idea!

I'm imagining stuffing an oyster into a date, now... I bet that would be super good, too. OOH! Or stuffing an almond into a date and then wrapping the oyster around the date with a toothpick.

I have to go to the store now and find some oysters... :D

I love smoked oysters, I always crave them when I'm sick - guess I need the iron! Great idea with the tomatoes.

Creative idea! I have never tried smoked canned oysters, but that might just change!

YUM! I will definitely try these. Used to love eating smoked oysters and crackers while watching football with my dad when I was a kid. I bet the sodium is high but I'd just be careful the rest of the day not to have anything else too salty. Thanks for the idea.

I tried these tonight - YUM! And I wrote about them and the cauliflower in my blog:

Thanks so much!

I LOVE smoked oysters. I grew up eating them on crackers with my grandfather who immigrated from England and grandmother who immigrated from Sweden. I've always felt guilty about eating them though, because of the sodium. Whenever I eat tomatoes I usually salt liberally however so I am VERY excited to see this technique! This is a better choice than eating either alone and I know it will fix my salt craving. Thank you!

I put smoked oysters on a Ritz cracker with cream cheese. The are wonderful. Thought they were bad for you because of the oil...

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