Thursday, February 12, 2009

Oysters Parmigiana

Ah, Valentines Day it's all about love and romantical feelings. Can you keep a secret? I am chaperoning the Valentine's Day dance at the high school tonight. Lauren does not know, if she knew she would lock me in the attic until the dance was over. Really, how embarrassing can I be? It's not like I'm going to show up with curlers in my hair covered with a scarf, highwater pants and white socks, that's my Mom's M.O. I promise not to line dance, do they still do that?

Did you know I got married on Valentine's Day in 1992? Yep, Saturday is our 17th wedding anniversary!

Instead of chocolate, we prefer the real food of love, oysters or erstas in you live in the Big Easy.

Oysters Parmigiana is a wonderful appetizer or side dish. Get your sweetie in the mood for love!

Blend together in a bowl 1/2 teaspoon , 4 tablespoons minced parsley, 6 cloves of minced garlic, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon, juice form one lemon, 1/2 teaspoon thyme, and 1/2 teaspoon marjoram. Blend with your hands to get maximum coverage of the lemon juice and garlic. Set the mixture aside.

Place 10 to 12 large oysters in a colander and let them drain. Do not rinse them!

Melt 3/4 of stick of butter over low heat and add 2 crushed cloves of garlic and let them hang out together while you get the rest of the dish ready. After the garlic and butter have been together for about 10 minutes, remove and discard the cloves and move from the heat to let cool slightly.

While the oysters are draining, mix together 1 cup of Italian bread crumbs and 1 cup of freshly grated Parmigiana-Reggiano cheese, and let that mixture set for about 15 minutes.

Using your hands combine the breadcrumb and herb mixtures.





Butter a small oven safe baking dish and line the bottom with the oysters. Pour the garlic butter over the oysters and evenly spread the bread/herb mixture over the oysters. Add a few pats of butter on top and sprinkle about 1/4 cup of grated Parmigiana-Reggiano cheese over the top.



Bake in a 450 degree over for 10 to 12 minutes. After the oysters are baked, you can place the dish under the broiler to brown the top for extra crunchiness.

Happy Valentines Day!

25 comments:

The Blonde Duck said...

You TOTALLY should show up to the dance in a crazy outfit. I would wear a pink tube top, daisy dukes, cowboy boots with stockings and pig tails. It's all about the tackiness!

Andrea said...

I love it that you got married on Valentine's Day!! So sweet! :)

pigpigscorner said...

OMG this looks and sounds soooo delicious! I'll definitely make this if I can find some fresh oysters!

Debbie said...

I think it's great that you are chaperoning the dance. You will have a blast....remember, totally ignore your daughter, don't even look at her (or you might be in "trouble"). The oyster recipe is new to me. I have only had them fried. Sounds delicious!

TheWritersPorch said...

This recipe puts me in mind of Antoine's Oysters Rockefeller, I have to try this!
Have fun at the dance, been there ,done that.....the kids are fun to watch!

gigi said...

Man, your social calendar for this weekend is FULL. Happy Anniversary to you love birds.

I'm glad that this is such an easy dish to make. I bet it would be such a big hit at this house seeing as my sweetheart LOVES oysters.

April said...

Happy Anniversary! You will have a ton of fun chaperoning this dance. You will probably witness a ton of stuff that you could go you life withough, but still have fun!

Maria said...

Happy Anniversary to you! Have fun and I am loving this dish!

5 Star Foodie said...

This is a wonderful delicious oyster preparation! Happy anniversary!

Marjie said...

Happy Anniversary, and enjoy the dance! Great food sounds better to me than chocolate anyway, right?

Steph said...

Yum, I love osyters! I used to hide those chaperoning forms for school trips from my mom..haha.

Dawn said...

no kidding? Happy Anniversary! How romantic.

Pam said...

Oh yum. I am starting to like oysters and this looks wonderful. My parents and sister would LOVE this...I know what I am making them we they come to town.

Cheryl said...

I agree with Blondie, show up in some crazy old lady outfit! I wish I could eat Oysters, but my brother grossed me out as a child now I cant eat em! Enjoy your Vday and happy anniversary! We are 25 years in June!

Jennifer said...

Oysters--you are making me think warm thoughts! Happy Anniversary.

Reeni♥ said...

I'm afraid of oysters!! But not parmigiana, I think I might be able to handle this. You made them appetizing for me. How sweet-Happy Anniversary!

Calm In The Kitchen said...

Happy Anniversary!

Make sure to ask the DJ to play something totally awesome, say maybe MJ's Thriller? And do the dance, you gotta do the dance.

I have never had oysters, but anything with parmigiana in the title is good in my book!

Natashya said...

I was thinking of trying oysters for V-day. I haven't tried them before. This looks like a great recipe!
I say yes to the curlers at the dance. Maybe some fake eyelashes and a hip flask.

Donna-FFW said...

Happy Anniversary... you should bring your husband to the dance and your daughter can really flip. How nice for you to chaperone. Have a blast. By the way, your dish sounds perfect!!

Bridgett said...

An early Happy Anniversary to you! This truly looks and sounds delicious. Enjoy the dance tonight!

Selba said...

Yummy...!

Happy Anniversary :)

Laurie said...

Happy Valentine's Day to you too, Katherine! And Happy Anniversary! We've been married the same number of years and I think it just keeps getting better.

You were SO brave to sign up to chaperone at the dance. My three daughters all threatened to "divorce" me if I ever did. Good plan to not tell her.

I'd much rather have oysters than chocolate...great recipe!

tamilyn said...

Happy anniversary!! We got engaged on Valentine's 20 years ago. It does just get better and better. Hope you had fun at the dance. I would love to chaperone, but my kids don't like the dances-small school and not much fun I guess. I lived for the 4 we had each year.
Yeah, not much for oysters, so I'm hoping for pizza and a card-we work Saturday night.

I bet you could totally pull off the tube top/shorts/boots look!

Paula said...

Oh, Happy Anniversary! How cool that you were married on the big heart day! I tried oysters for only the 2nd time in my life this summer, and it was some sort of augratin dish. It was so yummy, but yours sound LOADS better! I love your instructions .. mood for love ... let them hang out together :-)! How was the dance? Was your secret revealed?

Peter M said...

This is dish is both sexy and comfort food. I hope the day was special in every way for you.