Oysters Casino


This recipe for oysters casino is from "The Hog Island Oyster Cookbook" by Jairemarie Pomo.


  • 4 slices bacon, chopped

  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

  • ½ cup minced shallots

  • ¼ cup finely chopped red bell pepper

  • ¼ cup finely chopped celery

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • ¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • Large pinch of cayenne pepper

  • Rock salt

  • 2 dozen small (3 to 4 inches long) Pacific oysters on the half shell

  • Minced fresh flat-leaf parsley, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a small skillet, cook bacon until almost crisp. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel-lined plate; set aside.

  2. Place the butter, shallots, bell pepper, celery, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and cayenne pepper in a food processor; mix until well combined, about 20 seconds.

  3. Spread 1/4 inch rock salt on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes.

  4. Place oysters firmly in the hot rock salt. Place 1 tablespoon of the butter mixture on each oyster; top each with bacon. Bake oysters until bubbly, about 12 minutes. Do not overcook. Sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately.

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