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How could I forget to list oysters on my menu?

Thanksgiving without an oyster dish would be….well, just sad for a few people in my family!  It doesn’t matter what oyster dish I name – when I say “oyster”… faces brighten up, eyes close, this funny looking smile comes across their faces and they rub their stomachs!  Oyster “anything” satisfies a real oyster lover, but scalloped oysters work particularly well on Thanksgiving…

Ingredients

2 pints fresh oysters, with liquid

2 cups whipping cream

1/4 cup butter, melted

1/4 tsp Louisiana Hot Sauce or Tabasco

1 (10-oz) package oyster crackers or  crackers, crushed

1 cup regular breadcrumbs (or try panko bread crumbs for a little more texture!)

1 small onion, chopped finely

3 garlic cloves, chopped finely

3 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

To Prepare:

Drain oysters, reserving 1/2 cup liquid.

Stir together oyster liquid, whipping cream, melted butter, and hot sauce.

Mix cracker crumbs and next 6 ingredients in a separate bowl.

Place 3 cups cracker mixture on bottom of a buttered 13 x 9 inch baking dish.

Top with half of drained oysters and half of cream mixture.

Repeat with remaining cracker mixture, oysters, and cream mixture.

Top with Bread Crumbs

Bake at 375° for 45 minutes or until bubbly and lightly brown;

Sweet creamy Scalloped Oysters…how could I forget!  If you love oysters, you will start making this recipe a regular…I promise!!! 

Now, time to get back to cooking…

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