Oysters Rockefeller

"Posted in response to a request. Found in the New York Times years ago. Note: Because of its rich ingredients, creator Jules Alciatore of Antoine's Restaurant in New Orleans chose John D. Rockefeller, one of the wealthiest men in the nation, as its namesake"
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  • 24 oysters, on the half shell
  • 12 lb butter
  • 13 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 14 cup finely chopped celery
  • 14 cup finely chopped shallot
  • 12 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 cups chopped watercress
  • 13 cup chopped fennel
  • 13 cup fine soft bread crumbs
  • 14 cup anisette or 1/4 cup Pernod
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C).
  • Fill 4 tin pie plates with rock salt and arrange oysters on the half shell on each.
  • In a skillet heat the butter, add the parsley, celery, shallots and garlic and cook 3 minutes.
  • Add the watercress and fennel and cook until the watercress wilts, about 1 minute.
  • Pour the mixture into the container of a food processor and add the remaining ingredients.
  • Blend until the sauce is thoroughly pureed.
  • Place 1 Tbs of the sauce on each oyster and spread to the rim of the shell.
  • Bake the oysters just until the sauce bubbles, about 4 minutes.

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  1. sordfleming
    I'll give this recipe 4 stars for ingredients and will get back after I have tried it. I will use spinache instead of watercress Looks like a winner SF


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