I’m not a fan of oysters. I want to be, but I simply cannot get past the mouth feel. Each summer I try to eat one. The operative word here is try. I live near some of the best oyster beds in the world. I can’t get enough clams and mussels, so what’s the difference? I can’t figure it out.
This dish is a holiday tradition in my family. It was always on the buffet every Christmas eve and it was always eaten to the last crumb. What I find amusing is my mother who originally made it would not eat it, I took over and do not eat it and this year C the MP made it and won’t eat it. What a bunch of maroons!
We use oysters in a jar for this recipe. Shellfish is very seasonal in our area and we’re total rule followers when it comes to fish and game regulations. Since you will be baking them, you won’t notice the difference.
1 pint oysters
4 tablespoons oyster liquor
4 tablespoons cream
½ cup dry bread crumbs
1 cup cracker crumbs (Ritz or something equally light and buttery)
½ cup melted butter
S & P
Mix together bread and cracker crumbs. Stir in butter. Put a thin layer in the bottom of a shallow baking dish, approximately 8 x 8.
Mix together the cream and oyster liquor.
Put a layer of oysters on the crumbs. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Add ½ of the oyster liquor mixture. Sprinkle with some of the bread crumbs.
Repeat layers and cover with the remaining crumb mixture.
Bake 30 minutes in a 400 degree oven.
* from the Recipe Box:
Mom would make this every Christmas for Dad, P, and L once she joined our group. You either love oysters or you don’t, but everyone who does loves this dish.
Oyster liquor is the liquid in the jar with the oysters. Drain and save to use in the recipe.
and remember: You are only going to be as good as the people you surround yourself with, so be brave enough to let go of those who keep weighing you down. Big kiss, Lynn