Got To Be NC
Recipe by: Lisa Prince

Baked Oysters with Bacon

The following recipe is courtesy of the Mariner’s Menu cookbook, published by NC Sea Grant in conjunction with Freshness from NC Waters.

Servings: 6
Cook Time: Prep Time: 20 minutes; Total Time: 30 minutes
Meal Type: Appetizer
NC Ingredients: Oysters, Bacon

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Ingredients

2
dozen large un-shucked oysters
6
slices bacon
1
cup fresh cracker crumbs
1/2
cup mayonnaise
2
tablespoons thinly sliced green onion, including tops
1
teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1
teaspoon hot sauce (I prefer Texas Pete which is made in NC)
1/2
teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2
cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Rock salt

Directions

Scrub oysters with stiff brush under cold, running water. Shuck, reserving deep half of shells. Drain oysters.

Cut bacon slices into quarters. Cook until limp, but not brown.

In small bowl, combine crumbs, mayonnaise, onion, lemon juice, hot sauce and mustard.

Place a deep layer of rock salt in the bottom of a large pan or baking dish. Arrange reserved shells in rock salt, being sure that they are level. Place one oyster in each shell.

Spread crumb mixture over each. Top with a piece of bacon, then sprinkle with cheese.

Bake at 450 degrees until bacon is crisp and oysters are done, about 8 to 10 minutes.