I was so delighted by the oysters that I stopped on the way home and bought some fresh ones to recreate the dish. It is simply marvelous, if I do say so myself!
Try it as an appetizer or luncheon entree with a green salad.
Roasted Oysters with Bacon and Parmigiano-Reggiano (Parmesan Cheese)
1 dozen large oysters, in the shell (I used
) Samish Bay
1 cup heavy cream
1 to 2 cloves garlic
4 strips of cooked bacon, crumbled
1/3 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano (go for the good stuff here, not the old green can)
Fresh cracked black pepper
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Peel and slightly crush the garlic. Add the garlic and heavy cream to a small sauce pan. Heat to a simmer and reduce by half (approximately 10 minutes). Remove from heat.
Scrub the oysters with a wire brush until clean. Shuck the cleaned oyster and place them on a baking sheet. (Note: Shake a layer of rock salt onto the baking sheet before placing your oysters. This will help them to stay upright and level while roasting.) Sprinkle with bacon crumbles. Spoon 1 ½ teaspoons of Parmegiano Reggiano onto each oyster. Then spoon on heavy cream dividing it equally among the oysters.
Roast the oysters until they are hot and the cream has begun to bubble and brown, approximately 10 minutes.