Roasted Oysters with Leeks and Bacon

Roasted Oysters with Leeks and Bacon


  •     3 large leeks
  •     8 ounces thick cut bacon, cut into medium dice
  •     Salt and ground black pepper
  •     ¾ cup heavy cream
  •     2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
  •     1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  •     24 oysters, shucked bottom shells reserved



  1.     Clip the leeks’ dark outer leaves with scissors. Remove root ends, quarter leeks lengthwise, then cut into medium dice. Soak leeks in 2 charges of water to remove grit; drain well.
  2.     Fry bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp, about 7 minutes; drain, chop fine, and set aside. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the drippings; reserve 1 tablespoon of the remaining drippings. Add leek; sauté, seasoning with salt and pepper, until tender, 6 to 7 minutes. Add cream; continue to cook until thickened slightly, a few minutes.Stir in cheese.
  3.     When ready to serve, adjust oven rack to upper middle position and heat oven to 500 degrees. Arrange oysters on a rimmed baking sheet. Mix bacon with breadcrumbs, and  remaining tablespoon of bacon drippings. Top each oysters 2 tablespoons of the leek mixture and 1 tablespoon of the breadcrumb mixture. Roast until leek mixture bubbles and crumbs are golden, about 8 to 10 minutes. Serve.

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