Monday, January 03, 2011


serves four

12 fresh kumomoto oysters, cleaned & shucked
2 ounces trout roe
4 ounces applewood smoked bacon, diced
1 cup leeks, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
2 tablespoons white wine
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 tablespoon butter
1/2 tablespoon flour
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons chives, chopped

Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Saute bacon and leeks until lightly browned, add thyme and saute 1 minute. Add wine and cook until absorbed and remove from heat. Melt butter in small skillet add flour and whisk 1 minute. Add cream and whisk until mixture thickens. Add cream, bacon mixture and cheese. Stir to combine and season with salt & pepper. Place oysters on the half shell on a baking sheet and spoon a tablespoon of mixture over each one. Top with breadcrumbs and bake until mixture bubbles and breadcrumbs are browned, about 5-8 minutes. To serve, top each oyster with a sprinkling of chopped chives and a generous spoonful of trout roe.

bacon recipe courtesy of: California Caviar Company, 2269 Chestnut Street, No. 266, San Francisco, California 94123

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