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Celebrate the New Year in Style with Oysters Rockefeller

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Oysters Rockefeller, created in New Orleans in 1899, has become a traditional New Year’s Eve party dish – and it’s easier to make yourself than you might think. Oysters on the half shell topped with spinach and a crunchy mixture of panko breadcrumbs and toasted walnuts, they make for a dramatic presentation set out on a wooden board or large, shallow platter, with lemon wedges on a bed of rock salt.

Oysters Rockefeller

1/4 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1/4 cup California walnut pieces, toasted
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
4 tbsp butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 shallot, minced
2 cups spinach
2 tbsp sambuca or anise liqueur (optional)
24 oysters, shucked
Red pepper sauce
Lemon
Rock salt (optional)

Toasting Walnuts: In large, dry skillet over medium-high heat, toast walnuts, stirring occasionally, until lightly brown, about 1 to 2 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Walnut/Panko Mixture: Combine panko, walnuts and parmesan in a small bowl; set aside.

In a small frying pan, heat butter over medium-low heat. Add garlic and sauté. Spoon out 2 tbsp and stir into the walnut/panko mixture.

Add shallot, spinach and anise liqueur to frying pan and sauté on high heat until spinach is wilted, about 3 minutes; remove and let cool slightly.

On a rimmed baking sheet, space oysters evenly. Top with 3 to 4 spinach leaves, a few drops of red pepper sauce and 2 tsp walnut/panko mixture.

Bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown.

Serve immediately with lemon wedges on a bed of rock salt.

Makes 6 servings.

PER SERVING: about 197 cal, 8 g pro, 14 g fat (7 g sat. fat), 9 g carb, 1 g fibre, 47 mg chol, 296 mg sodium. %RDI: 12% calcium, 16% iron, 12% vit A, 8% vit C.

Recipe and photo courtesy of WalnutInfo

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