This is one of my favorite dishes. If you are a fan of Oysters this recipe for Baked Oysters will have you and your friends smiling…and eating well. I usually do this as a small plate or appetizer.
I have even tried this on the grill. It works there too but may take a little doing to get the heat high enough. You may want to experience and even place the oyster shells directly on the coals. However you decide to do them, just remember the ingredients can be adjusted for taste. Here is the basic list of items you’ll need.
Just a couple of thoughts. If you have the time, clarified butter is an option. Basically, the process removes the salt and fat from the butter which makes it ideal for cooking since the salt and fat is what burns at higher temps. I usually use salted butter because I like the flavor.
The garlic is a must, add or subtract for taste. If you want to use fresh cloves, make sure to chop the garlic really well. The strong flavor of the garlic and a chunky texture could distract the hungry from the full whack of flavor they’re expecting.
The Worcestershire Sauce and Olive oil are key. You can also substitute Ponzu Sauce, Soy Sauce, or blend in some white wine or beer to your marinade. Seasoned bread crumbs (salt & pepper at least) and some nice Parmesan. Take my advice, don’t skimp on the quality of your cheese! And finally some cayenne pepper to taste. You may also want to have some freshly ground horseradish to add before serving. My favorite of course is California Dynamite. Strong, but not stronger than my Grandmother’s homemade. Don’t forget the oysters and shells. Well that’s it for ingredients.
Drain oysters and marinate in olive oil. Coat with seasoned bread crumbs and place in shells. Melt butter with garlic and Worcestershire sauce. Spoon over coated oysters. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese and cayenne pepper on top. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or plop’em in the coals until the cheese melts and the liquid bubbles. Serve with lemon slices, horseradish, and or hot sauce.
Try it and let me know how it turns out! Bon Appétit!
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