Scalloped oysters are fantastic served as a special side dish, first course, or appetizer with crackers. For many families in some regions of the United States, this dish is a Thanksgiving and Christmas tradition that is made every year. This classic oyster dish is a snap to prepare, plus it is so delicious.
Learn How To Shuck Oysters.
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon shallots, chopped
- 2/3 cup fresh bread crumbs*
- 2/3 cup Saltine cracker crumbs**
- 1 pint fresh oysters, shucked and left in their liquor***
- 1/4 cup pinto gris wine (may substitute any dry white wine)
- 2 tablespoons half & half cream
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- Dash of Tabasco Sauce or similar hot sauce
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- 4 sprigs parsley (for garnish)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
In a medium frying pan, melt butter. Add shallots and saute until golden brown; set aside.
Add bread and cracker crumbs to frying pan, stirring until just moistened with butter; remove from heat. Spread half the buttered crumbs over the bottom of a 9-inch square baking dish or 1 1/2-quart shallow baking dish. NOTE: Can also be baked in individual ramekins.
Pick oysters free of any shells.
Drain oysters, reserving liquor. Measure 2 tablespoons oyster liquor in a heavy, small saucepan. Stir in pinot gris wine, half and half cream, Dijon mustard, and Tabasco sauce. Add reserved shallots. Over medium heat, bring to a simmer; reduce heat to low and cook gently, stirring until mixture is reduced by 1/3.
Arrange oysters in a single layer over the crumbs in the baking dish. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Evenly pour the wine sauce over the oysters; cover with remaining buttered crumbs. Never allow more than two layers of oysters for Scalloped Oysters; if three layers are used, the middle layer will be underdone, while others are properly cooked.
Bake approximately 15 to 25 minutes until oysters turn opaque throughout and crumbs are a golden brown. Depending on the size of your oysters, cooking time can vary.
Remove from oven. Garnish with parsley sprigs and serve immediately.
Makes 4 servings.
* Check out Making Homemade Bread Crumbs.
** Make your own cracker crumbs by crushing saltines in a zippered plastic bag using your hands or a rolling pin, but don't pulverize them into dust.
*** Choose fresh, briny oysters that are small or medium in size.
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