"As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy, and to make plans."--Ernest Hemingway

Oysters Rockefeller Recipe

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This recipe for Oysters Rockefeller, by , is from The Huttner/Brown Family Cookbook Project, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Judith Brown
Added: Tuesday, August 4, 2009


36 fresh oysters on the half shell
6 T butter
6 T finely minced fresh spinach leaves
3 T finely minced onion
3 T finely minced parsley
5 T bread crumbs
tabasco sauce to taste
1/2 t Herbsaint or Pernod (if desired)
1/2 t salt
Rock Salt
Lemon wedges for garnish

Using an oyster knife, pry open the oyster shells, then remove the oysters. Discard the top shells; scrub and dry the bottom shells. Drain the oysters, reserving the oyster liquor.

In a large saucepan, melt the butter; add spinach, onion, parsley, bread crumbs, Tabasco sauce, Herbsaint, and salt.

Cook, stirring constantly, for 15 min. Remove from heat. Press the spinach mixture through a sieve of food mill; let cool. NOTE: Mixture may be made ahead of time and refrigerated until ready to use.

Preheat oven broiler.

Line an ovenproof plate or platter w/ a layer of rock salt about 1" deep (moisten the salt very slightly). Set oysters in the rock salt, making sure they are level.

Place a little of the reserved oyster liquor on each oyster. Spoon an equal amount of the prepared spinach mixture over each oyster and spread to the rim of the shell.

Broil approximately 5 min. or until the edges of the oysters have curled and the topping is bubbling. NOTE: Watch carefully.

Garnish the plates or platter with the parsley sprigs and lemon wedges.

Serve immediately

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Number Of Servings:
6 or 36 appetizers




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