Oysters Rockefeller is a fairly new dish to American cuisine, created in 1889 by Jules Alciatore, the son of Antoine Alciatore, who founded the famous New Orleans’ restaurant, Antoine’s which is still in operation today. The dish was named after John D. Rockefeller, the wealthiest man in America at the time, for its extreme richness – and it does not disappoint! Oysters Rockefeller consists of oysters on the half-shell topped with a creamy spinach sauce, cheese, herbs, and bread crumbs that are broiled in the oven! Can’t make it to NOLA any time soon?
Try this recipe from the comfort of your apartment home!
• 24 oysters live in a shell
• 4 tablespoons butter
• 2 shallots, finely minced
• 10 ounces baby spinach
• 12 ounces heavy cream
• ½ cup Romano cheese
• ½ teaspoon black pepper
• 1 tablespoon lemon juice
• ¼ cup panko bread crumbs
1. Rinse and clean the oysters.
2. Carefully open the oysters using a paring knife. Cut under the oyster to release it from the shell. Place the open oysters on a sheet pan and refrigerate until needed.
3. In a large pan or wide bottom pot, melt the butter.
4. Add the shallots to the melted butter and sauté over medium heat for 3-4 minutes.
5. Now, add the spinach and sauté until the spinach is wilted. If you choose to use Pernod or white wine, now is the time to add the wine to the pan.
6. Mix in the lemon juice, heavy cream, Romano cheese, and black pepper. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat. Allow the mixture to continue cooking until the cream has reduced by half.
7. Place the finished mixture into the refrigerator. Allow the spinach mixture to completely cool and solidify.
8. Place one tablespoon of the spinach mixture on top of each oyster. Then, top each finished oyster with the panko bread crumbs.
9. Place the oysters in a 375 degree F oven for 15-20 minutes or until the topping is golden brown.
10. Serve the oysters on a bed of rock salt with lemon slices.
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