Saturday, November 13, 2010

New Orleans Style Charbroiled Oysters

These are one of my all time favorite things to eat. We usually make these when we go to New Orleans during oyster season. Our friends or my hubby pick up a sack of raw oysters and then as they shuck them and put them on the half-shell I cook them on the grill. I have served these to self-proclaimed non-oyster eaters and they have liked them.They are the best thing EVER! The recipe is based on charbroiled oysters that you can order from a restaurant called Drago's in Metairie Louisiana.

Mmmmmm just typing this is making my mouth water.

Charbroiled Oysters
24 raw oyster on the half shell (large)
1 lb. Butter
2 Tbsp. minced garlic
½ tsp. Grated Parmesan cheese
½ tsp. Grated Romano Cheese
½ tsp. Minced parsley
black pepper

Melt butter in a large microwavable container. Add garlic. Mix cheese, black pepper, parsley & pinch cayenne in a separate bowl. Place oysters on the half shell on the BBQ grill. Place a pinch of cheese-parsley mixture on each oyster and spoon garlic-butter over each.  WATCH OUT!!!!! EXCESSIVE FLAMES!!!
Cook until oysters are puffed . Serve immediately with hot crusty bread.

You can also place the oysters in a lasagna pan or baking pan with a good lip on a bed of rock salt, top with cheese mixture and butter mix and then place them in the oven on broil.  You can also crumple foil and place it underneath the oysters to prevent sliding. Broil until puffed. But watch them VERY CAREFULLY. They can go from yum to burned really fast. 

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