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Oyster Pan Roast

Howard L. Puckett
Yield Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup fine, dry breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 4 (2-inch-thick) slices French bread
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 small shallot, chopped (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 20 select oysters, rinsed and drained
  • 4 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • Chopped fresh parsley

How to Make It

  1. Combine breadcrumbs and cheese in a small bowl; set aside.

  2. Spread butter on 1 side of each bread slice. Combine 1/8 teaspoon salt and black pepper; sprinkle over butter. Place bread slices, buttered side up, on a baking sheet. Bake at 350º for 15 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp. Set aside.

  3. Combine cream and shallot in a 10-inch, ovenproof skillet; bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring often. Cook 15 minutes or until reduced to 1 cup, stirring often. Stir in remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt, chopped rosemary, and white pepper. Add oysters; cook 1 minute or until edges of oysters begin to curl. Remove from heat. Sprinkle with breadcrumb mixture. Broil 3 inches from heat 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown.

  4. To serve, spear a rosemary sprig through each toasted bread slice; place a bread slice in each of 4 individual shallow bowls. Spoon oyster mixture around bread. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve immediately.

Palace Café, New Orleans, Louisiana