Our Market Picks: What We’re Loving Right Now

In this installment of “Market Picks” we’ve gathered up a handful of our favorite products. We know it’s hard to keep track of all the delicious and intriguing items on our shelves, so we’ve made it that much easier for you to create your shopping list!

Read on for the full scoop on which items to look out for the next time you’re at Union Market.

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Oysters & Caviar for New Year’s Eve

Ring in the New Year with a celebratory menu that’ll set the tone for the rest of 2018!

We have a delectable variety of sustainable caviars that will add a little sparkle to your midnight festivities. Serve them on butter-soaked blini, on slices of cucumber with crème fraïche, or really spoil yourself and enjoy them all on their own, one sinful spoonful at a time.

We also have an array of oysters—from Kumamotos and Royal Miyagis to Wellfleets and East Beach Blondes. We love them just served on the half-shell with a little squeeze of lemon or mignonette, but if you’re feeling a little adventurous, try our exquisite and indulgent recipe for roasted oysters with a tarragon beurre noisette.

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Roasted Oysters with Tarragon Beurre Noisette

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1 dozen oysters, scrubbed well to rid them of any dirt that might be clinging to them
4 tbsp unsalted butter
Juice of ½ a lemon
2 tsp finely chopped tarragon
4 cups coarse rock salt

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat your oven to the highest temperature setting with a rack placed in the middle.

Spread the rock salt out on a rimmed baking sheet, making sure that it’s spread widely enough to fit all the oysters.

Place the sheet on the middle rack of the oven to preheat the salt for at least 15 minutes.

Once the salt is preheated, remove the pan from the oven and nestle the oysters, concave-side-down, in the salt.

Place the baking sheet back in the oven for at least 10 minutes, or until the oysters begin to pop open.

While the oysters are roasting, start the tarragon beurre noisette.

In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Let it melt completely and then sizzle as the water from the butter begins to evaporate.

When the butter stops sputtering, turn the heat down to medium and watch it carefully as the milk solids begin to caramelize.

When the solids that have begun to separate from the butter have turned a rich, nutty brown and smell sweet and toasted, quickly add the tarragon and lemon juice and remove the pan from the heat. It’s important that you don’t overcook the milk solids or they’ll burn and give the beurre noisette an unpleasant bitter taste.

Set the saucepan aside in a warm place until ready to use.

When the oysters have all opened, use the tip of a butter knife (or an oyster knife if you have one) to open each one. Discard the top shells and arrange the bottom shells on a warm platter.

Drizzle with the tarragon beurre noisette and serve while still warm and aromatic.

However you choose to serve them, we’re sure that these delicious New Year’s Eve treats will have you toasting your good luck all through the year ahead.

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Sustainable caviar

ASIAN PREMIER
Acipenser gueldenstaedtii

Medium-size dark gray-black pearls with great pop and the classic vibrant and nutty Caspian Sea taste profile

$125 / 1 oz

ITALIAN OSETRA
Acipenser transmontanus

Medium-size shiny black pearls, subtle and fruity

$75 / 1 oz
$150 / 2 oz

AMERICAN HACKLEBACK
Scaphirhynchus platorynchus

Small jet-black pearls, pleasantly buttery and sweet

$25 / 1 oz
$50 / 2 oz
$100 / 4 oz

SALMON ROE
Large deep orange to red pearls with an intense, briny tang

$6.99 / 2 oz

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EAST COAST OYSTERS

WELLFLEET
Massachusetts
Plump, sweet, crisp, and clean
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SEWANSECOTT
Virginia
Firm, meaty, and subtly sweet
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EAST BEACH BLONDES
Rhode Island
Smooth, silky, and delicately briny
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WEST COAST OYSTERS

KUMOMOTO
Washington
Sweet, crisp, and briny with hints of honeydew
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ROYAL MIYAGI
Washington
Smooth, bright, and mildly briny
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KUSSHI
British Columbia
Plump, buttery, rich, and slightly fruity
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Christmas Spiral-Cut Ham

Our Christmas Menu

Christmas Spiral-Cut Ham
’Tis the season to celebrate—with food! We have everything you’ll need to put together a Christmas celebration for the ages, including a fantastic selection of centerpieces at our Butcher counter and an abundance of ready-to-eat dishes at our Prepared Food counter.

Whether your feast calls for a standing rib roast, free-roaming turkey or goose, spiral-cut ham, beef tenderloin, a crown roast of pork, or a leg of lamb, your centerpiece is sure to shine given our selection of top-quality antibiotic-free and humanely raised meats.

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Potato Latkes

Our Hanukkah Menu

Potato Latkes
Celebrate the festival of lights with a bright, flavorful menu that makes the best of fresh, seasonal ingredients. We’ve got everything you’ll need to make your Hanukkah celebration memorable and delicious.

From December 11th to December 20th, our Prepared Foods counter will feature an array of festive dishes perfect for your Hanukkah table, including traditional brisket with carrots and onions, beautifully roasted rotisserie chickens in a variety of flavors, and our zesty, flavorful citrus-glazed salmon. We’ll also have our own housemade potato latkes, apple sauce, tzimmes, and petite confetti potatoes—in short, everything to ensure your celebration is as picture-perfect as it is delicious.

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Our Thanksgiving Menu

If you love having a smorgasbord on your holiday table but need a little help filling it out, stop by our Prepared Food counter for a gorgeous selection of holiday classics, seasonal sides, and delicious pies beginning Monday, November 13th.

Our chef Sandro Romano has dreamed up a delicious autumnal menu that includes a variety of ready-to-eat, classic Thanksgiving staples like maple and rosemary-brined turkey breast, roasted turkey legs, sage and apple stuffing, spinach gratin, creamy mashed potatoes and more. READ MORE

Order your Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving is almost here. It’s time to gather family and friends around for a cozy, autumnal meal and that means that it’s also time to get cracking on ordering the centerpiece—the gorgeous turkey that we’re looking forward to already.

We know that you have a lot on your plate as turkey day approaches, so let us give you a hand with finding the perfect bird for your Thanksgiving Day feast, whether it’s one of our signature free-roaming birds, an oven-ready brined turkey, or a heritage breed or organic, pasture-raised bird.

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Happy Halloween

The spookiest time of the year is here, and our Halloween goodies will please even the most discerning young goblin, superhero, or witch!

When it comes to candy, we believe that Halloween is no time for scary ingredients, so we only carry brands that are committed to making products that are free of things like high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, and harmful preservatives.

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Recipe: Acorn Squash Strudel with Pear and Cranberries

Fall is finally in the air, and we’re making the most of the cooler weather with this easy-to-make seasonal strudel.

Acorn squash is one of our favorite fall ingredients, and it plays a starring role in this unique and memorable dessert, adding a subtle, nutty sweetness that harmonizes perfectly with floral notes of pears, aromatic cinnamon, and deliciously tart cranberries.

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Breaking the Yom Kippur fast

Observing Yom Kippur? We have everything you’ll need to create a beautiful, satisfying spread that you can easily put together in advance.

Bagels and lox are a classic combo for breaking the fast, so stop by one of our stores to pick up some delicious locally made bagels, delivered fresh every morning. You’ll find them at the bakery counter in a variety of classic flavors. READ MORE

Celebrate Rosh Hashanah

Summer is winding down, birds are on the wing, and the season for feasting is close at hand. Rosh Hashanah is a week away, and what better reason to gather family and friends around your table than to celebrate the beginning of another year.

Let Union Market help you with all of your holiday cooking needs; we have everything you’ll need to make sure the New Year gets off to an auspicious start!

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