Life Is Brightest, Where Food Is Best

Life Is Brightest, Where Food Is Best

We all have those vivid memories of family gatherings that involve traditions around food.  One of my favorites includes my late grandmother “Edie”; at any family get-together she arrived with raw oysters and a sleeve of saltine crackers.  Each family member would be encouraged (expected) to have one, even the great-grandchildren.  On the day of her funeral, we all celebrated her life with a champagne toast chased by an oyster.  My children never met their great-grandmother, but we hope to keep tradition and stories alive.  So whenever we get out the oysters we tell stories about great-grandma Edie.  Our girls will eat anything but as the proverb “Life is brightest, where food is best” states, we remember great-grandma with this delicious oyster recipe below.

Grilled Oysters with Seasoned Butter

Ingredients:

Seasoned Butter
10 tablespoons softened butter
2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

24 shucked oysters, half of each shell reserved and washed.

Instructions:

1. In a bowl combine all ingredients listed above for the seasoned butter and mix thoroughly to combine. Transfer butter mixture to a piece of plastic wrap and roll up to form a tight 3” loaf. Freeze until firm.

2. I highly recommend making these on a Weber Charcoal Kettle to enhance the flavor. Pre-heat on high heat (450-550F) by using a full Chimney Starter of charcoal.

3. Place the prepared oysters directly onto the cooking grate over direct heat. 


 

4. Grill for approximately 5-6 minutes.  You will know they are done when the juices start to steam and the edges curl.

5. Remove the butter from the freezer and unwrap. Slice the butter into ¼ inch slices and place a slice on the top of each oyster.

6. Serve immediately.

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