Food Network offers a recipe for Oysters Rockefeller from Tyler Florence, star of the Food Network program “Food 911.” The recipe, served as an appetizer, feeds eight people.
To make Oysters Rockefeller, preheat an oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, melt 4 tablespoons unsalted butter in a skillet, and then saute 2 minced garlic cloves in the butter for two minutes. Place 1/3 cup of bread crumbs and half of the butter and garlic mixture in a mixing bowl, and set it aside.
Add 2 chopped shallots and 2 cups chopped fresh spinach to the remaining butter in the skillet, and cook it for approximately three minutes or until the spinach wilts. Add 1/4 cup of Pernod to deglaze the pan, and season the spinach and shallots with salt and pepper to taste, along with a dash of red pepper sauce. Allow a few minutes for the mixture to cook down.
Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to the bowl with the bread crumbs. Also add 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese and 1 tablespoon chopped parsley or chervil.
Spoon 1 heaping teaspoon of the spinach and shallot mixture and 1 teaspoon of the breadcrumb mixture on each of 24 oysters on the half shell. Sprinkle rock salt in a baking pan, and set the oysters atop the salt, using it to keep them upright as they bake. Bake them at 450 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve the oysters with mignonette sauce made from 3/4 cup of champagne vinegar, 2 minced shallots, 2 tablespoons cracked black peppercorns and 1 tablespoon chopped chervil. Chill the sauce for an hour prior to serving.