Oysters are something that I always enjoy, though I rarely make them at home since they take a bit of effort but for a special occasion like Valentine’s Day they are definitely worth it! You really cannot go wrong with raw oysters but I like them even more when they are baked with butter and garlic and if you throw in some spinach and bacon things get even better! Oysters Rockefeller is an oyster dish where the oysters are topped with a mixture of spinach, butter and garlic along with a crispy bread crumb topping and it is surprisingly easy to make at home. Oysters can be a little challenging to shuck but once you get them open everything else is easy, you pretty much just need to melt the butter, wilt the spinach, place it in the oysters, top with bread crumbs and bake! Of course I like to add a little bacon to the mix, and who doesn’t? These Oysters Rockefeller are a great way to start off your Valentine’s Day dinner and who knows where it will go from there!
Oysters with a buttery, garlicky, spinach and bacon mixture and a crispy panko and parmesan topping.
- 2 dozen oysters, shucked
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 2 cups baby spinach, coarsely chopped
- 2 green onion, sliced
- 2 tablespoons celery, finely diced
- 2 tablespoons anise liqueur (optional)
- cayenne, salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
- 1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated
- 2 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
- Shuck the oysters placing them in a baking pan filled with rock salt to keep them level and prevent the juices from spilling.
- Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat, add the garlic, saute until fragrant, about a minute and mix half of the garlic butter into the breadcrumbs.
- Add the spinach, green onion and celery to the pan and cook until the spinach wilts.
- Add the anise liqueur, deglaze the pan and allow most of the liquid to evaporate and remove from heat before seasoning with cayenne, salt and pepper to taste.
- Mix the parsley and parmesan into the breadcrumbs.
- Place a heaping teaspoon of the mixture onto each oyster followed by some bacon and the breadcrumbs.
- Bake in a preheated 450F/230C oven until golden brown, about 10-15 minutes.