Broiled Oysters on the Half Shell
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Total: 35 Minutes
- 2 dozen medium-size fresh oysters in the shell
- 2 tablespoons butter, divided
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1 1/2 cups day-old French-bread breadcrumbs
- 3/4 cup minced green onions
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
- 4 garlic cloves, pressed
- 4 tablespoons minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Pinch of ground red pepper
- Rock salt
- 1. Shuck oysters, reserving bottom shells and 1 Tbsp. oyster liquor (oyster liquid in shell); discard top shells. Gently loosen oyster from shell, using an oyster knife.
- 2. Preheat broiler with oven rack 6 inches from heat. Melt 1 Tbsp. butter with 1 Tbsp. olive oil in a large skillet over low heat; stir in breadcrumbs and next 9 ingredients. Remove from heat.
- 3. Microwave remaining 1 Tbsp. butter and 1 Tbsp. olive oil in a small microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 20 seconds or until butter melts. Stir in reserved oyster liquor.
- 4. Spread rock salt in a 1/4-inch layer in a 18- x 13-inch shallow pan. Place oysters, in shells, on rock salt. Spoon breadcrumb mixture over oysters; drizzle with butter mixture. Broil 5 to 6 minutes or until top is crisp and browned.
- Broiled Oysters: Omit rock salt. Prepare recipe as directed, doubling ingredient amounts. Shuck oysters, discarding shells, and place oysters in a single layer in a 13- x 9-inch pan. (Pre-shucked oysters work well for this. Reserve 2 Tbsp. oyster liquor.) Top with breadcrumb mixture; broil.
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