Oysters, cream and spinach make up this simple but exciting brunch dish. Add a few bottles of sparkling wine and a bright green salad and you have a brunch that you can proudly serve that takes less than 40 minutes to prepare. If pressed for time (or you need that extra hour's beauty sleep), make the spinach mixture the evening before and simply shuck, top, and broil the oysters in the morning for a simple yet elegant brunch.
When picking out oysters for a dish like this, make sure you get a larger, briny oyster—something from Wellfleet MA, or Island Creek. Or just explain the recipe to your local fish monger and let them guide you to the perfect oyster from your region.
- 1/4 cup butter
- 4 small shallots, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
- 1/3 cup white wine
- 1 quart loosely-packed baby spinach leaves (about 2 ounces)
- 1/2 cup cream
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- Kosher salt and cracked black pepper
- 24 oysters, shucked
- 3 tablespoons breadcrumbs
Adjust rack to 6 inches below broiler element and preheat broiler to high.
Heat butter in a large non stick skillet over medium high heat, when butter has melted add shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 4 minutes. Add white wine and baby spinach and cover with a lid. Let steam until spinach has wilted, about 4 minutes, then remove lid and stir until all liquid has evaporated, about 4 minutes longer
Add cream and parmesan cheese to the spinach mixture, remove from heat and allow to cool. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Divide spinach mixture between shucked oysters (about 1 tablespoon per oyster) then top with breadcrumbs (about 1/2 teaspoon per oyster). Place oysters on roasting pan or sheet pan and place in preheated oven until breadcrumbs are brown, about 6 minutes. Serve immediately.
large roasting pan or rimmed baking sheet