I love oysters; both au naturelle and cooked. So you can only imagine that I felt like I was in heaven when I visited Cape Cod a few summers ago. I don’t think I ate anything other than seafood while I was there!
When cooking oysters at home, I think the au gratin concept is the best approach, as it’s easy, quick and seriously delicious!
This recipe with Swedish Västerbotten cheese and wild garlic is perfect for spring (and you can of course substitute the Swedish cheese with parmesan or even cheddar) and we followed it up with asparagus (some harvested in our own garden!) and hollandaise sauce as well as prawns (cooked and smoked), homemade mayonnaise and wild garlic bread. It was quite the feast and such a treat to enjoy it with my parents! As we don’t see each other all that often we try to make it special when we are together.
Oysters au gratin with Västerbotten cheese and wild garlic, serves 3 as a starter
With two more courses two oysters each was the perfect amount, but if you’re having a light main course I would recommend three oysters per person.
6 fresh oysters
3 tbsp double cream
3 tbsp grated Västerbotten cheese
1/2 – 1 tsp Dijon mustard
approx 6 wild garlic leaves, finely chopped
salt, black pepper
Open the oysters with an oyster knife and discard the top shell. Cut loose the oysters but keep on the shells and place in an ovenproof dish. Mix cream and mustard in a bowl and add cheese and most of wild garlic. Season well. Spoon the mixture over the oysters, enough to cover them and sprinkle some more wild garlic on top. Place under a hot grill or in a very hot oven (225C) until bubbly and a little brown, approx 3-5 minutes. Serve with baguette or crusty bread to soak up the juices.