This Oysters Rockefeller Recipe is very old, said to have been invented by Antoine’s Restaurant in New Orleans in 1840. They are so delicious and rich! Just like the Rockefellers!
Jules Alciatore, the inventor of Oysters Rockefeller is said to have requested his orignal recipe stay secret forever. Read more at What’s Cooking America. For this reason, the “real recipe” is not known. There are so many different versions of this dish, so we decided to try 2 different versions. I love researching antique recipes! It is fascinating to discover the history of our favorite foods!
Oysters are a new-found love for my family. None of us have ever had them. Why? I can not imagine. We love seafood of all shape and color, like these Strawberry Infused Scallops. They really are simply divine! Tender and juicy! When researching an Oysters Rockefeller Recipe we came across a video with Scott Conant from The Grand Central Oyster bar in New York City who are famous for their Oysters Rockefeller Recipe. This version had a white wine cream mixed with the spinach and Hollandaise sauce on the top! Always looking for excuse to eat Hollandaise sauce, we opted for this version!
This version, we just used bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. Both were very good because the oysters are so good. Of course, we preferred the ones with the Hollandaise! Big surprise, right? 🙂 Hope you liked today’s post for Oysters Rockefeller. Do you love oysters, or hate them? Leave me a comment below!
Enjoy! And have fun cooking!
- 12 oysters, we use Barrier Island Oysters
For Spinach Layer
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 3 Tbsp shallot, minced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 6 oz baby spinach leaves, washed and dried
- 3 egg yolks
- 4 Tbsp butter, separated into 4 pieces IMPORTANT! Must be room temperature
- 1 juice from half of a lemon, about 1 tablespoon
- 1 Tbsp water
- 1 dash white pepper, you can substitute black but the sauce won't be as pretty
- Shuck oysters and remove the small shell (lid) and discard. Remove oyster from shell, set aside.
For Spinach Layer
- Add oil to large sauté pan, over medium heat. Add onion to soften. Add garlic and sauté another few minutes, until they soften.
- Add spinach all at once. Let it wilt for about 30 seconds and then turn over with spatula. Continue cooking and turning until just wilted. Remove from heat, set aside.
- Preheat oven to high broil. Lay about 1 heaping tablespoon spinach mixture on the bottom oyster shell. Then lay 1 oyster one top of each. Continue with Hollandaise.
For Hollandaise Sauce
- Ingredients MUST be at room temperature.
- Add a little water to the bottom pot of a double boiler and bring to low boil. Make sure the water in the bottom pot doesn't hit the top pot. Reduce heat to simmer.
- Add water, lemon juice, pepper and eggs yolks to the top pot and whisk together. Whisk constantly. ( I have a mini whisk that works great for this. If you don't have one, just use a fork.) You will see the egg start to stick to the sides of the double boiler.
- Add butter, one tablespoon at a time, until fully melted. By the time you add the the 3rd tablespoon of butter, you should see the sauce start to thicken. If the pan is too hot, the sauce will really stick to the sides of the double boiler. Just remove the top pot from the bottom and continue to whisk until sauce comes together. Add the last tablespoon of butter. When that has melted, the sauce should be shiny, smooth and overall, luscious.
- Add about 1 Tablespoon Hollandaise Sauce on top of each oyster. If you need to prop the oysters up, use crushed up aluminum foil to level. (It depends on the oyster variety you use.)
- Broil just until Hollandaise is a lovely browned color, about 2 minutes, watching carefully not to over brown.
- Serve immediately!
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