If you're not a fan of raw oysters, I highly suggest you try them cooked. It's a great way to introduce your palate to the briny shellfish, and after all, what's not to love about anything that's covered in a delicious mixture of melted butter, cheese, herbs, and garlic?
Although this recipe hails from Mobile, AL, I'm suggesting you make it for Mardi Gras. Buy gulf oysters and you'll be supporting the community of Louisiana! These addictive oysters are a crowd-pleaser and a scrumptious start to any celebratory shindig, so check out the uncomplicated recipe now.
12 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened Serves 4.
6 tbsp. finely grated parmesan
2 tbsp. minced fresh parsley
1/4 tsp. crushed red chile flakes
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 shallot, minced
Zest of 1 lemon and juice of 1/2 lemon
Tabasco, Worcestershire, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
24 medium oysters, such as bluepoint or Apalachicola, shucked and left in bottom shell
Crusty bread, for serving
12 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened