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Oysters Rockefeller

Oysters Rockefeller
A favorite along the eastern seaboard during the earlier part of the 20th century was Oysters Rockefeller—baked oysters topped with savory greens.
Craig Claiborne

Prep 40 mins
Total 40 mins
Appetizer
American
4 servings
504 kcal

Ingredients 

  • 24 oysters on the half shell
  • 1/2 pound butter
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
  • 1/2 small garlic clove minced
  • 2 cups chopped watercress
  • 1/3 cup chopped fennel
  • 1/3 cup fine, soft bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup anisette or Pernod
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions 

  • Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C).
  • Fill 4 tin pie plates with rock salt and arrange 6 oysters on the half shell on each.
  • In a skillet over medium heat, melt 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. Transfer the mixture to a food processor, add the remaining ingredients, and blend until the sauce is thoroughly puréed.
  • Place 1 tablespoon sauce on each oyster and spread to the rim of the shell. Bake the oysters just until the sauce bubbles, about 4 minutes. Serve immediately.