Shannon here: Inspirational author, K. Dawn Byrd shares a recipe for Oysters Rockefeller and a chance to win an e-copy of her latest release, Amazing Love. Comment or answer the question at the end of the post to enter the drawing. Deadline: March 5th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Dawn:
Recipe for Romance: Oysters Rockefeller
Oysters Rockefeller is a favorite recipe. My husband and I tried it first at a local restaurant that had a wonderful upscale seafood buffet on weekends. We were newly married and always looked forward to Friday nights when we’d eat our fill of the best seafood anywhere. Sadly, the restaurant has been gone for many years.
Oysters Rockefeller is not available in our area, so if we want it, we have to make it ourselves. My husband shucks the oysters while I prepare the spinach mixture. He says it’s quite a chore and he’d hate to try it without the proper knife and Teflon gloves, so make sure you have the right gear. He says the proper knife makes them easier to open and the gloves are for your own safety.
When I make Oysters Rockefeller-style, I tweak the recipe a little. I make three times the spinach and cut the bread crumb topping in half. I leave the juice from the oysters in the shell because it adds flavor. I don’t have oven-proof oyster plates, so I use a large baking pan covered in foil (some people place their oysters on the top of muffin tins.)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 shallots, chopped
2 cups chopped fresh spinach
1/4 cup white wine
Salt and pepper to taste
Dash red pepper sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
5 oz. grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
2 dozen oysters on the half shell
Rock salt (if you use this in the pan to hold the half-shells in place)
Lemon wedges for garnish
Melt butter in skillet. Sauté garlic for 2 minutes to infuse the butter. Place bread crumbs in a mixing bowl and add half the garlic butter. Set aside. To the remaining garlic butter in the skillet add shallots and spinach. Cook for about three minutes until spinach wilts. Add white wine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add a dash of red pepper sauce. Allow your mixture to cook down for a few minutes. Add Parmesan cheese to mixture to taste.
Finish preparing the bread crumb topping by mixing in olive oil, 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese and parsley. Season with salt and pepper.
Spoon 1 heaping teaspoon of the spinach mixture onto each oyster followed by a spoonful of the bread crumb mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Sprinkle a baking pan liberally with rock salt and arrange oysters in the salt to steady them. Bake in a preheated oven at 450 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes until golden.
About Dawn: Dawn Byrd is an author of inspirational romance, suspense, and young adult. She holds a Master’s degree in professional counseling that she believes gives her better insight into the minds, feelings and emotions of individuals, which helps her to better understand her characters and develop them more fully. She’s published in multiple genres and likes to say that she’s written something for everyone!
K. Dawn is an avid blogger who loves to support other authors on her blog. She encourages you to add your email address so that you can receive updates on the latest releases in great fiction.
When not reading or writing, K. Dawn Byrd enjoys spending time with her husband and taking care of the myriad of rescue animals who inhabit their home. She’d like to remind you to spay and neuter and to adopt as there are thousands of wonderful animals in rescues just waiting for their forever homes!
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About the book – Amazing Love: Gabe Knight, a pastor in a small coastal town, finds his life is turned upside down when Dee Dillow arrives and hires him to remodel an estate she’s inherited from her aunt. Dee dashes his plans for wedded bliss when on a drunken binge, she divulges that she’s the highest paid call girl in Nevada and part-owner of the ritziest brothel in the state.
Gabe falls in love with her, but can’t believe he’s hearing the voice of God when a still, small voice tells him to marry her. After much questioning, they marry and he is deliriously happy. Until, Dee betrays him.
Gabe soon discovers just how hard it is to have the unconditional love God calls him to have for his wife, the kind of love God has for his children. When faced with losing her, Gabe realizes what true love is, how much it hurts, and just how much God loves and is willing.
Question for Readers: What is your favorite seafood or seafood dish?
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