I bought a dozen of Irish oysters at Superquinn at 60¢ each. I yearn to savour them for quite a while now, yet not willing to fork out a fortune at a restaurant, so here is my attempt at baked oysters.
First, to learn how to shuck the oysters, we decided to turn to the very medium where our generation learns everything from, no, not TV, but youtube. Yes, youtube. Anyway, since we did not have the oyster shucking knife, we improvised and used a sharp-edged potato peeler, a butter knife and a short, sharp knife to do the shucking. The sharp-edged potato peeler to create a hole at the hinge, the butter knife to be slotted into the hole at the hinge and pop the hinge, and the short sharp, sharp knife to cut the muscles connecting the oyster to the top and bottom shell. Bebe did all the shucking, so kudos to him. If we had had the shucking knife, it would have been way easier and taken half the time it took to shuck all the oyster. Note to self: buy an oyster shucking knife.
Ingredients (for a dozen of oysters)
- 5 cloves of garlic, chopped
- Melted butter
- fresh or dried parsley
- chopped birds eye or fresh chillies (optional)
- breadcrumbs (I used panko)
- paprika powder
- grated cheese (light one would be good, so not to overpower the oyster own taste)
- Add the chopped garlic into the melted butter, drizzle it over the shucked oysters ( about 1/2 tsp).
- Sprinkle cheese over it, followed by paprika and/or parsley.
- Top it off with breadcrumbs.
- Bake it for about 15 – 8 minutes under 190°C.
I mix and match the ingredients as shown above in the baked oysters. A dozen of baked oysters under say €9 (including ingredients & energy :) ). Hope you will enjoy them too.
Back: Left to right: Garlic Butter & Chilli Oyster.
Front: Left to right: Paprika, Cheese & Crumbed Oyster; Garlic Butter & Cheesed Oyster; Herbed & Cheesed oyster.