Hmmm … a dish for the inlaws, perhaps.
but really? What could one expect? You might not know it, but folks are doing all sorts of weird things with ice cream. Here is a story from japan
In 2009, when I visited Tokyo’s Cup Ice Cream Museum (yes, that exists), I was overwhelmed by the number of flavors which were well, non-standard. Chicken wing? Charcoal? Viper?? Most of these flavors seemed kitschy, rather than a carefully composed dessert. Weighing my options, I decided to pass on the octopus ice cream, and opted for the relatively tame wasabi flavor instead.
From this perspective, oyster ice cream does not sound all that outlandish. Is there a recipe?
… there is one published recipe that is often cited as evidence that the dish existed. In The Virginia Housewife, by Mary Randolph, you can find instructions for oyster ice cream circa 1824. It more or less involves making oyster chowder (complete with ham, thyme and onions), straining out the solids, and freezing it. This probably doesn’t sound like something you’d want to try, but a reporter from The Virginian-Pilot made it so we don’t have to. Supposedly the reactions were mixed, in a meh to worse sort of way. One person had “nearly thrown up.”
And there is a modern version that apparently is rather fine.
If you try it, let me know how it goes down!