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Chef John's Oysters Rockefeller

Rated as 4.5 out of 5 Stars

"There's much debate over how many of America's greatest recipes got their name, but that's not an issue with Oysters Rockefeller. Thanks to the rich, money-colored butter sauce, this decadent creation's name pretty much wrote itself. Serve with a squeeze of fresh lemon over the top."
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55 m servings 94
Original recipe yields 36 servings (3 dozen)


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  1. Preheat an oven to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C). Pour rock salt into a large, shallow casserole dish.
  2. Combine watercress, butter, bread crumbs, green onions, celery, tarragon, Italian parsley, anise-flavored liqueur, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper in a food processor; blend until smooth.
  3. Place 8 to 12 shucked oysters on top of the rock salt. Spoon 1 to 2 teaspoons of watercress mixture a top each oyster.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until oysters are firm and butter has melted, about 5 minutes. Repeat with remaining oysters.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 94 calories; 4.4 5 7.6 46 112 Full nutrition

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This was excellent. The first time I made this I was able to get fresh oysters here on the gulf coast. Couldn't find Pernod so went with an anise flavored liquor. Second time couldn't find fr...

I have never seen oysters Rockefeller look like this...ever! I have been to many New Orleans restaurants, and not once did they present me with a dish that looked like this. Loose the 'green' st...

Very nice flavor! I watched the video first, and it was most helpful. I used 24 oysters and ran out of the beautiful topping. Next time I make this I must remember to adjust the amount for th...

Oh yes I definitely will make it again. Followed directions

These are really, really, really good. I did make a few changes since I was looking to make something with oysters using ingredients I already had on hand. I substituted spinach for the watercre...