Easy Oysters Rockefeller

Easy Oysters Rockefeller

Oysters Rockefeller was created in1899 by Jules Alciatore at Antoine's Restaurant in New Orleans. Jules named his creation in honor of Nelson D. Rockefeller, richest man in America at the time, reflecting the green color (money) and rich nature of the sauce. According to legend, Jules carried the original recipe to his grave and all used today are attempts to copy. This quick and easy version is very delicious and a snap to fix. Oysters Rockefeller are great as a hors d'oeuvre and oyster lovers will probably jump at the chance to make a full meal of them.

1 box frozen spinach
1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
24 oysters in shells
2 tablespoons melted butter, divided
3 tablespoons chopped parsley
3 cloves garlic, minced
Several drops Tabasco sauce
dash of black pepper
cup fine, dry seasoned bread crumbs
Grated Romano Cheese
rock salt

1. Place frozen spinach in glass bowl and cook in microwave 4 minutes.

Drain and press out excess moisture. Place spinach back in bowl, add 1 tablespoon melted butter, shallots, parsley and garlic. Return to microwave and cook 2 minutes.

2. Shuck oysters and rinse. Scrub deep half of shells very carefully.

3. In separate bowl, mix oysters with several drops of Tabasco sauce and a dash of pepper. Place oysters in cleaned shells and arrange in.

4. Fill shallow baking trays with rock salt to 1/2-inch depth (this helps hold the oyster shells level) nestle the shells into the salt and place one oyster covered in Tabasco-black pepper into each shell.

5. Toss together bread crumbs and remaining tablespoon of butter melted.

4. Cover each oyster equally with spinach mixture, grated cheese and breadcrumbs.

5. Bake at 425 for 10 to 12 minutes, or until oysters begin to curl.