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Oysters Rockefeller

This recipe comes from Recipes in The Mail.


1 small head of Boston lettuce, washed well, trimmed, spun dry, and chopped fine (about 5 cups)
1/2 pound fresh spinach, coarse stems discarded and the leaves washed well, spun dry, and chopped fine (about 3 1/2 cups)
1 cup minced scallion
2 3/4 cups fine dry bread crumbs
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley leaves plus parsley sprigs for garnish
1/4 cup minced celery
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 sticks (1cup) unsalted butter
2 tablespoons Pernod or other anise-flavored liqueur
1 tablespoon anchovy paste
1/8 teaspoon cayenne, or to taste
12 slices of lean bacon (about 3/4 pound)
36 large oysters, shucked reserving the bottom (deeper) shells, scrubbed and dried, and 1/3 cup of the oyster liquor
Coarse salt for filling the platters
Lemon wedges for garnish


In a bowl combine the lettuce, the spinach, the scallion, 1/2 cup of the breadcrumbs, the minced parsley, the celery, and the garlic. In a skillet melt the butter over moderate heat and in it cook the vegetable mixture, stirring, for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the greens are wilted. Stir in the liqueur, the anchovy paste, the cayenne, and salt and black pepper to taste and chill the mixture, covered, for 1 hour, or until it is cold.

In another skillet cook the bacon over moderate heat until it is crisp, transfer it to paper towels to drain, and crumble it. Arrange 1 oyster in each of reserved shells and moisten the oysters with some of the reserved liquor. Spread half of the vegetable mixture by heaping teaspoons onto the oysters and sprinkle the bacon over it. Top the bacon with the remaining vegetable mixture and sprinkle each oyster with 1 tablespoon of the remaining 2 1/4 cups bread crumbs.

Arrange the oysters on ovenproof platters or in jelly-roll pans filled with the coarse salt and bake them in the middle of a preheated 450°F oven for 18 minutes, or until the edges of the oysters begin to curl and the bread crumbs are browned well. Garnish the platters with the
parsley sprigs and the lemon wedges.

Makes 36