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Oyster pan roast

Oyster pan roast
Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

EXCEPT when it comes to caviar, effortless extravagance sounds like a contradiction in terms. But there is no better description of a seafood pan roast. This is the most luxurious indulgence: oysters or other shellfish awash in cream or pan ... Read more

Total time: 30 minutes | Serves 4
  • 4 thick slices good white bread, lightly toasted and buttered
  • 3 dozen freshly shucked oysters with their liquor
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coarse grain mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Smoked paprika for garnish (or chives)

Step 1Place one slice of the buttered toast in each of four shallow soup bowls and set aside in a warm spot.

Step 2Lift the oysters out of their liquor and set aside. Combine the liquor with the cream, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and Old Bay in a small saucepan and mix well. Bring just to a simmer over medium-high heat, then remove from the heat and keep warm.

Step 3Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the oysters and cook just until the edges start to curl, just a couple minutes. Pour the warm cream mixture over them and cook, stirring constantly, until the oysters plump up, about 5 minutes.

Step 4Using a slotted spoon, divide the oysters among the four prepared bowls, laying them over and around the toast. Raise the heat and cook the liquid until it thickens slightly. Pour over the oysters. Dust lightly with paprika and serve at once.

Note: You can purchase freshly shucked oysters in their liquor at Whole Foods, Bristol Farms, Santa Monica Seafood and Fish King. Alternatively, you can shuck oysters yourself: Hold the oyster firmly in one towel-wrapped hand. With your other hand, wedge the tip of an oyster knife into the hinge of the oyster and twist the knife to pop the hinge and loosen the shell. Push the knife into the shell and twist to separate, careful not to spill any of the liquor while opening.


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