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Recipe: Oysters Bechamel

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Oysters Bechamel

Courtesy Emeril Lagasse and Brian Mottola, e2 emeril's eatery

½ pound sliced bacon

½ cup chopped onion

1 tablespoon butter

¼ cup flour

2 cups heavy cream

Creole Seasoning

1 cup blanched, drained and chopped fresh spinach

Salt, to taste

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

2 dozen raw oysters, shucked and on the half shell

Parmesan Bread Crumbs, recipe below

In a medium skillet, render the bacon until crispy. Transfer the bacon to paper towels to drain until cool, then chop and reserve separately. To the fat remaining in the skillet, add the onions and sauté on low heat until the onions are caramelized. Season with salt and pepper. Add the butter and the flour to the sautéed onions and cook, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes, to form a blond roux. When the roux looks like a wet beach, whisk in the heavy cream. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for 5 to 10 minutes, until any grainy texture of the flour has cooked out of the roux. Season with Creole Seasoning to taste. Add the chopped crispy bacon and set aside to cool. Add the spinach and mix well.

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a large baking sheet with kosher or rock salt and set aside.

Place the oysters (on their shells) about 1 to 2 inches apart on the baking sheet. Top the oysters with the cooled spinach mixture. Sprinkle each oyster with some of the Parmesan Bread Crumbs and bake until golden brown and bubbly, usually about 20 minutes. Serve immediately.

Serves 4 to 6 as an appetizer

Parmesan Bread Crumbs

2 cups bread crumbs

1 cup melted butter

¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl and stir until thoroughly blended.

Creole Seasoning (substitute for Emeril's Original Essence)

2 ½ tablespoons paprika

2 tablespoons salt

2 tablespoons garlic powder

1 tablespoon black pepper

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 tablespoon cayenne

1 tablespoon dried oregano

1 tablespoon dried thyme

In a small bowl combine all the ingredients thoroughly. Store in an airtight container.

Yield: Makes about 2/3 cup

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