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Broiled Oysters with Buttery "Dressing" Topping

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lydia Pursell

Hands-on time 45 mins
Total time 45 mins
Yield

Makes 6 servings

When shucking raw oysters, try to retain as much of the liquid as possible. Alternatively, you can roast them for 6 minutes and let them cool for easier shucking. (Because they'll already be cooked, move the broiler rack closer to the top of the oven and broil the topping for just 1 minute.)

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces bread pulled from the interior of a French or Italian loaf, torn into pieces
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup chopped herbs from a "seafood mix" of fresh herbs (chervil, tarragon, chives, parsley)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 24 shucked oysters in their bottom shells
  • Lemon wedges

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 200°. Place bread pieces on a sheet pan; bake 7 minutes to dry out. Transfer bread to the bowl of a food processor, and pulse until coarsely ground.

  2. Preheat broiler with oven rack in center of the oven. Combine breadcrumbs, butter, and next 4 ingredients in a bowl; toss to coat. Top each oyster with 1 1/2 tablespoons bread mixture. Arrange oysters on a jelly-roll pan.

  3. Broil oysters 4 minutes or until golden brown on top. Serve with lemon wedges.