Baked Oysters With Bread Crumbs and Garlic (Ostriche All' Italia

Recipe by CJAY8248
READY IN: 22mins
SERVES: 4-6
YIELD: 24 oysters
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 2
    tablespoons butter
  • 1
    cup fresh white breadcrumbs (made from about 3 slices French or Italian bread)
  • 1
    teaspoon finely chopped garlic
  • 2
    tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley, flat-leaf preferred
  • 2
    dozen fresh oysters, shucked
  • 3
    tablespoons freshly grated imported parmesan cheese
  • 2
    tablespoons butter, cut in tiny pieces

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 450*. Choose an ovenproof platter or a shallow baking dish that is just large enough to hold the oysters in one layer (about 8 x 10"). Butter the dish generously.
  • In a heavy 6-8" skillet, melt 2 Tblsp. of butter over moderate heat. When the foam subsides, add the fresh, white bread crumbs and the garlic, and toss them in the butter for 2-3 minutes, or until they are crisp and golden. Stir in the fresh parsley.
  • Spread about 2/3 cup of the bread-crumb mixture in the bottom of the buttered baking dish, and arrange the oysters over it in one layer.
  • Mix the rest of the bread-crumb mixture with the grated cheese and spread the combination on the oysters. Dot the top with the tiny bits of butter.
  • Bake the oysters in the top third of the oven for 12-15 minutes, or until the crumbs are golden and the juices in the dish are bubbling. Serve at once, either as a main course or as part of the antipasto.