Oysters Rockefeller… on the half shell.
One of my favorite dishes when I come home… my dad, JAW Sr., is the best at grilling these little suckers up. Oysters Rockefeller are delicious, cooked oysters topped with creamy spinach and cheese that have a bit of heat to them. Every time I am home out east in the summer, we toss these guys on the grill to snack on before dinner. (Being so close to the water, we always have amazing access to the freshest fish. Something I crave whenever I go home.)
Tips for Oysters Rockefeller…
- Call your fish market ahead of time to request your oysters. Have them shuck and clean the oysters, and reserve half of the shells for display. You will receive a bowl of the oysters submerged in their juices, as well as a bag of empty oyster shells.
- Clean and rinse the oyster shells. Place them on an aluminum tray, inside facing upwards.
- With a spoon, carefully spoon out one raw oyster from your bowl and place in the oyster shell. Continue this process until all shells are filled.
- In a separate bowl, mix together chopped spinach (we buy the chopped spinach packages in the freezer section at the grocery and let them thaw all day in the sink. Make sure you squeeze the spinach as dry as you can), sour cream, kosher salt and pepper, chopped up garlic, and hot sauce.
- Place almost a tablespoon size of the spinach mixture on top of the raw oysters in the shells. Add a tiny bit of juice from the container that the raw oysters were stored in to the half shell that has the oyster and spinach mixture. (This will keep the moisture in while cooking.)
- Take the aluminum trays, and place them directly on top of the hot grill. Let the oysters cook for a few minutes.
- After they have cooked for a few minutes, top the oysters with some shredded Mexican cheese mix (or a combo of whatever cheese you prefer). Close the lid to the grill, and let cheese melt.
- Cook until spinach is piping hot and the cheese on top has melted.
- Remove from heat, display on serving platter, serve. (Since the raw oysters were initially removed from the shell, these suckers should slip right off the half shell.
Confession:*Oyster Shooters are also a favorite of mine… you can make these by taking a tiny drink glass or a larger shot glass, tossing in a raw oyster, a teaspoon of cocktail sauce, a little drizzle of the oyster juices, and a shot of vodka. Toss your head back and take one big gulp. #yum
(Dad, JAW Sr., & I… & our helper.)