Fresh oysters on the half shell coated in cream, spinach, and cheese for an unbelievable flavor that is sure to wow your guests.
Prep Time: 20minutes
Cook Time: 10minutes
Total Time: 30minutes
2tablespoonsof olive oil divided use
1/2whole small diced yellow onion
2clovesfinely minced garlic
4cupspacked baby spinach
24whole shucked oysters on the half shell oysters and shells divided
2ouncesjulienne prosciutto ham
2ouncesshredded asiago cheese
shredded Parmesan cheese
sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
Preheat the broiler to high heat. In a large sauté pan on medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, caramelize the onions and garlic. Once brown add in the cream, turn the heat down to medium and reduce until the cream is the consistency of Alfredo sauce.
Once the heavy cream is to the desired consistency add in the baby spinach and cook until mixed in and slightly wilted. Season the mixture with salt and cracked black pepper. Set pan aside.
In a separate medium sauté pan on medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon of olive oil add in the raw oysters (without the shell) and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes to slightly cook. Add the Chardonnay wine to deglaze the pan while you sauté the oysters for a further 2 minutes.
Place the oyster shells on a sheet pan that you’ve lined with parchment paper and divide the cooked oysters amongst the shells. There should be 1 oyster for 1 shell.
Top each oyster with a little bit of the cream-baby spinach mixture followed up with julienne prosciutto ham and shredded Parmesan cheese. Note: Simply divide all the ingredients between the oysters.
Broil the pan of oysters in the oven on high for 2 minutes or until the cheese is melted and golden brown.
To Plate: Remove oysters and shells from the pan and add to a tray along with lemon slices.
There are several variations of oysters Rockefeller out there, I however, think my oysters Rockefeller is one of the best!
I personally believe the best oysters come from colder waters which is why I prefer the ones that grow in the Northeast.
Be very careful when shucking as it can be dangerous working with the oyster shucker knife and putting to much pressure into the oyster.
The wine just helps bring the oysters Rockefeller to the next level but it’s not necessary.