Tuesday, 16 February 2010
I tasted my very first oyster on Christmas Day, in the form of oysters kilpatrick made by A. I am a mad seafood fiend, I love fish and crustaceans and all manner of swimming things (except octopus - I do not like octopus) but as D is just as vehemently against seafood, I don't often get to eat it. He really doesn't like the smell, so I do try to avoid cooking it.
Sometimes I see something that I can't resist and then I have to prep and cook it quickly to try and minimise the fishy smell. I've tried to tell D that fresh seafood doesn't have a fishy smell, but to him, all seafood smells fishy.
I've been dreaming about oysters kilpatrick ever since Christmas Day and when I saw some lovely oysters at the shops it quickly became one of those times that I just couldn't resist the lure of seafood and I bought some. D was very good natured about it, he even prompted me to buy some rock salt so I could present them properly. He's nice like that.
Luckily, these oysters were already opened and all I had to do was release the meat from its little muscle and turn it over for presentation purposes. I googled a few recipes for oysters kilpatrick but in the end I just went with the way A prepared them on Christmas Day. Equal parts Worcerstershire sauce and tomato sauce mixed together and then poured over the oysters, topped with chopped bacon and then grilled until the bacon is crispy-ish. Sprinkle with parsley and drizzle with a little lemon juice before serving.
They were just as delicious as I remembered. They look gorgeous in their little shells and they are exciting to eat. They were quite photogenic as well.
Thanks to a huge backlog of posts, the posting of this recipe has been a little delayed. It was originally made in December 2009.